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Nathaniel (Nate) Anderson

Nathaniel (Nate) Anderson
Research Forester
Human Dimensions
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801-5801
United States
Current Research
  • Forest management and economics
  • Forest operations research
  • Forestry for climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Biomass, bioenergy and bioproducts R&D
Past Research
  • Remote sensing and GIS technologies for forest management
  • Mobile pyrolysis systems
  • Sawmill wood procurement and timber trade
  • Ownership, use and management of non-industrial private forest
  • Geographic variation in heart size of sugar maple
  • Landowner cooperatives
Research Interest

I am fascinated by research questions at the intersection of ecology, economics and public policy. I pursue applied research that bridges the gap between basic scientific inquiry and widespread adoption of new approaches and technologies for sustainable natural resources management. Most of the work I do is focused on active management of forest ecosystems, and blends elements of silviculture, remote sensing, climate science, operations research, and economics. Almost all of my projects include close collaborations with forest managers, industry professionals, and agency and academic researchers in a broad range of disciplines.

Why This Research Is Important

Rapid changes in disturbance patterns, forest management objectives, silvicultural techniques, and forest industry technologies have left significant knowledge gaps in our understanding of the short and long-term environmental, economic and social impacts of new options for managing forest resources. Understanding the costs and benefits of these options can help individuals, businesses and communities make informed choices to enhance the broad range of market and non-market benefits that forests provide. Science-based knowledge is also a critical tool in guiding the management of our National Forests and Grasslands. Among the most prominent management challenges, the relationship between forest resources and the expanding bioeconomy poses a wide range of compelling questions related to climate change, the sustainability of harvest, and the economic feasibility of new forest industry enterprises.

  • Ph.D. State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, Ph.D., Forest Resources Management, 2008
  • M.S. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, M.S., Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, 2003
  • B.S. Bates College, Lewiston, ME, B.S., Biology with a concentration in Ecology, 1996
Professional Experience
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Developing Geospatial Analytics to Improve LCES Implementation and Enhance Wildland Firefighter Safety,  2021 - Current
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Advisory Board Chair,  Advancing Forest Logging Residue Harvesting and Collection Logistics in the Eastern United States,  2020 - Current
    Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Assessment of Fuel Treatment Effectiveness from Wildfire Planning and Response Perspectives,  2020 - Current
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Challis Idaho Forest Industry Feasibility Study,  2020 - Current
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, Intermountain Region.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Effectiveness of Fuel Treatments at the Landscape Scale: The State of Our Understanding and Key Research Gaps,  2020 - Current
    Funded by the Joint Fire Science Program.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Informing Strategic Development within the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development Deputy Area,  2020 - Current
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  International Research Collaboration on Forest Carbon,  2020 - Current
    Collaboration with Seoul National University funded by SNU and the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Deputy Coordinator,  IUFRO Division 3 Forest Operations Engineering and Management, Unit 3.09 Sustainable Forest Operations for Forest Landscape Restoration,  2020 - Current
    International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
  • Co-Director and Co-Lead of Task Team 2,  The Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass Consortium (MASBio),  2020 - Current
    Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Advisor, RMRS Science Partner Program,  New Partnerships to Improve the Use of Economic and Social Science Information in Forest Planning ,  2017 - Current
    Collaboration with several National Forests and the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Region.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor/Instructor/Co-PI,  Seoul National University Graduate Program in Forest Carbon,  2016 - Current
    Funded by Seoul National University and the Korea Forest Service.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  A Roadmap for Technology Integration and Data Analytics in Fire Suppression Operations,  2019 - 2021
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Forest Bioenergy and Biofuels Integration: Sustainability, energy balance and emissions from forest restoration in the southern Rocky Mountains,  2016 - 2021
    Funded by the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Acting Program Manager,  Human Dimensions Science Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station,  2019 - 2020
    U.S. Forest Service.
  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Development of a Comprehensive Hydrologic Assessment and Restoration Plan and Regional Restoration Decision Support System for the Apalachicola Basin,  2017 - 2020
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region and the RESTORE Act.
  • Co-Principal Investigator/Executive Leadership Committee,  Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR): Sustainable biofuel feedstocks from beetle-killed wood,  2014 - 2020
    Funded by the AFRI-CAP Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Deputy Coordinator,  IUFRO Unit 3.04 Forest Operations Management, Working Party 3.04.02 Supply Chain Management,  2016 - 2019
    International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
  • Co-Principal Investigator/Project Manager,  Longleaf pine inventory, mapping, monitoring, and analysis: Outputs for cross-ownership conservation and restoration,  2015 - 2018
    Funded by the US Forest Service and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Life Cycle Assessment of Activated Carbon from Woody Biomass

Year: 2019
Expanding biofuels and bioproducts production using forest biomass as feedstock contributes to not only alternatives to U.S. fossil fuels, but also facilitates forest restoration treatments by providing new markets for management of woody biomass residues. This study quantified and compared the envi...