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Prakash Nepal

Asst. Professor - Cooperator
3041 E. Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-549-4067
Fax: 919-549-4047

Current Research

My current research focuses on 1) enhancing the capability of timber market model of the US Forest Service (US Forest Products Module (USFPM)) to evaluate climate change mitigation policies, 2) investigating climate change mitigation benefits, costs, and leakage effects of long-term timber set-asides in the US, 3) estimating the US forest product markets and trade impacts of long-term timber set-asides, and 4) investigating the degree of carbon neutrality associated with expanded wood energy use in the US.

Research Interests

  • Economics of forest-based climate change mitigation
  • Economics of wood-based bioenergy
  • Modeling timber demand and supply
  • Forest-based economic development

Past Research

Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L.; Abt, Robert C. 2013. Impact of harvest level changes on carbon accumulation and stumpage prices in Mississippi. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry.

Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2012. Financial feasibility of increasing carbon sequestration in harvested wood products in Mississippi. Forest Policy and Economics 14(2): 99-106.

Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2012. Financial implications of enrolling Mississippi forest landowners into carbon offset programs. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 36(1): 5-10.

Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2010. Carbon sequestration potential and financial trade-offs associated with loblolly pine and cherrybark oak management in Mississippi. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table 2010 (3): 1-19.

Nepal, Prakash; Grala, Robert K.; Grebner, Donald L. 2009. Financial feasibility of sequestering carbon by loblolly pine stands in interior flatwoods region in Mississippi. Pages 52-62: In J. Siry, B. Izlar, P. Bettinger, T. Harris, T. Tye, S. Baldwin, K. Merry, editors. Proceedings of the 2008 Southern Forest Economics Workers Meeting. Savannah, GA.



Why This Research is Important

This research is important in understanding various economic impacts to U.S. forest sector that may result from the implementation of future climate change mitigation policies and programs.


Ph.D. in Forest Resources (Focus-Forest Economics), 2011
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State
M.S. in Tropical Forest Management, 2006
Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
M.S. in Natural Resources Management, 2004
International Institute of Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands
B.S. in Forestry, Wildlife, Soil and Water Conservation, 1999
Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (2007—Current)
  • Southern Forest Economics Workers (SOFEW), Member (2007—Current)

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Research Highlights

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