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Jesse Henderson

Research Economist
P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2254
Phone: 919-549-4030

Current Research

The goal of Dr. Henderson’s research is to develop models that accurately describe forest ecology, heterogeneous human objectives and behavior, and their interaction over time and space. His research in forest economics is related to forest product markets, trade and forest disturbances, with applications at parcel, regional, national and global scales. Current projects include: (1) Understanding the impacts of hurricanes and storm frequency on forest structure and markets, (2) Developing spatially explicit agent-based models of forest landowners, forest product mills, and forest disturbance processes, (3) Investigating the application of small area estimation techniques to regional and global forest sector models.

Why This Research is Important

It is important to understand how humans affect their environment and vice versa.  This research increases our understanding of these phenomena and supports the development of sustainable public policy and sound forest management.


Ph.D in Forest Economics, 2019
North Carolina State University
M.S. in Natural Resources Policy, 2011
North Carolina State University
B.S. in Physics, 2005
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Professional Experience

Research Associate, Southern Forest Resource Assessment Consortium (SOFAC), North Carolina State University

Conducted research and developed forest sector models, focusing on the U.S. Southeast.

Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University

Researched bioenergy and timber supply. Taught natural resource management, environmental science and engineering.

Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University

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