Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Project Leader
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-549-4033

Current Research

Principal study areas: (i) economic and statistical analysis of forest-based disturbances, (ii) international trade, and (iii) timber market structure and function. A major focus of disturbance research is to understand the production of wildfire and its management, and to expand understanding of effective approaches to reducing the occurrences of green crimes. Markets research evaluates domestic and international forest product and timber price relationships. Trade research primarily seeks to identify the role of the U.S. forest sector in world markets.

Research Interests

Understanding, predicting, and forecasting arson (incendiary) and intentional wildfires

Understanding, predicting, and forecasting accidentally ignited wildfires

Understanding and forecasting suppression costs

Quantifying the effects and economic net benefits of wildfire hazard reduction treatments, such as mechanical treatments and prescribed fire

Understanding processes of illegal activities, including green crimes, occurring in forests

Understanding the national and global impacts of policies and programs to reduce rates of illegal logging and trade in illegally sourced forest products

Nonlinear and linear modeling of forest product market prices and spatial relationships

The economics of invasive, exotic, and endemic pests in forests

The economic impacts of hurricanes on timber markets

Why This Research is Important

Understanding how humans intervene intentionally and unintentionally intervene in forests, markets, and disturbance processes can improve policies and programs that seek to maximize public and private well-being. Scientific analyses of disturbances, markets, and trade can also provide platforms for testing hypotheses and broader theories related to biophysical processes, landowner behavior, criminal activity, potentially advancing knowledge in related fields of inquiry.


Ph.D. in Forest Economics, 1994
University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. in Forest Economics, 1989
North Carolina State University
B.S. in Forest Resource Management, 1983
Iowa State University

Professional Experience

Project Leader, Economics and Policy Research (SRS-4804), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Research Forester, Economics of Forest Protection and Management (SRS-4851)/Economics and Policy Research (SRS-4804), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Post-doctoral Economist, Economics of Forest Protection and Management (SRS-4851), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Research Associate, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Assistant, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Assistant, Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University
Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, Honduras
Laboratory Technician, Iowa State University

Professional Organizations

  • International Journal of Wildland Fire, Associate Editor (2012—Current)
  • Forest Science, Associate Editor (2004—2011)
  • Forest Policy and Economics, Associate Editor (2002—2006)

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