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Roger A. Sedjo
Senior Fellow and Director, Forest Economics and Policy Program
202-328-5065
sedjo@rff.org
RESEARCH TOPICS
 
AWARDS
 
Nobel Laureate award (2007) as one of the contributing authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report on Climate Change.
 
"Best Book Award" for 2000 awarded by the Section for Environmental and  Natural Resources Administration of the American Society of Public Administration for the book, "A Vision for the U.S. Forest Service: Goals for Its Next Century."
 
Honorary Associate Editor (with William F. Hyde) of "Emerging Issues in Forest Policy," edited by Peter N. Nemetz, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 1992.
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
 
Director, Resources for the Future, Forest Economics and Policy Program, 1977 - present.
 
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, Energy and Natural Resources Division, Forest Economics and Policy Program, 1977 - present.
 
President, Environmental Literacy Council, August 1999 - present.
 
Visiting Scientist, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, Rome, April-July 2005
 
Fulbright Visiting Professorship at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, August – November 2003.
 
Elected Fellow of the Society of American Foresters of Outstanding Service to Forestry and to the Society, 2003.
 
Recipient of the Julian Simon Fellowship 2000, Awarded by the Political Economy Research Center.
 
Visiting Scholar, University of Umea, Sweden, June l98l.
 
Tenured Associate Professor of Economics, Utah State University, September 1973 -June 1976.
 
Program Economist, U.S. Agency for International Development, Asia Bureau, 1972 - August 1973.
 
Economist, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1970 - 1972.
 
Assistant Professor of Economics, Utah State University, 1968 - 1970.
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
 
Committee Memberships:
 
Member, Advisory Board, Canadian-American Public Policy, University of Maine, Canadian-American Center, 1989 - present.
 
Member, Advisory Committee, Smart Wood, Rainforest Alliance, 1992 - present.
 
Member, Environmental Literacy Council, 1998 - present.
 
President, Environmental Literacy Council, August 1999 - present.
 
Member, Evaluation Committee, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria, May 2000.
 
Member, Federal Livestock Grazing Fee Incentive Program Advisory Committee, Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, 1994.
 
Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, 1982 - 1990.
 
Treasurer and Board of Directors, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 1982 - 1988.
 
Member, U.S. Steering Committee for International Trade Modeling, 1980 - 1985.
 
Member, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Committee to coordinate U.S. Activities in the "Forest Sector Project," 1980 - 1985.
 
Society of American Foresters (SAF)
 
American Economics Association
 
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)
 
International Society of Tropical Foresters
 
Forest History Society
 
 
Consultant Activities:
 
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), "Forest and the Environment," Poland, February 2000.
 
Consultant, Argentine Ministry of Forestry on carbon forest plantations in Patagonia (through CONSUR), Montevideo, August 1998.
 
Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), Environmental Economics Training Program for Asia, 1996.
 
Consultant, Secretaria de Agricultura Ganadaria y Pesca, Gobierno de Argentina, 1994.
 
Dewey Ballantine, Washington, D.C., Summer 1994.
 
Washington Citizens for World Trade, Port Angeles, Washington, 1994.
 
Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) contract, Estonian Ministry of Environment on natural resource taxes and pricing, 1993.
 
Asian Development Bank project for Indonesian Ministry of Forestry (PHPA), "Management and Conservation of Tropical Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity," September and November 1991, and March 1992.
 
World Bank, Indonesian Forestry Sector Paper, 1992.
World Bank Mission, Environment and Natural Resources to the Philippines, May - June 1990.
 
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ARD contract, November 1989.
 
Government of Indonesia, Department of Forestry, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project, May - August, 1987; July - August, 1988.
 
World Bank Team, Indonesia Outer Islands, 1987.
 
United Nations, Food and Agricultural Organization, 1984.
 
U.S.-Japanese Presidential Advisory Commission, 1984.
 
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), project on Wood Processing in the Developing World, 1982.
 
Interagency Working Group, Development of U.S. Policy on Tropical Deforestation, l980.
 
Chilean Forest Service, Economics of Plantation Forests in Chile, December l980.
 
U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), l974 - 1975.
 
Robert R. Nathan Associates, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) project, Indonesia, June - September l975.
 
Robert R. Nathan Associates, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project, Korea, June - August, l974.
 
 
Reviewer:
 
Reviewer of in excess of a dozen papers annually for a variety of journals.
 
Reviewer of selected chapters of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1995 Assessment Report, and contributing Author for two chapters.
 
 
Editorial Activities:
 
Member, Society of American Foresters (SAF) Publications Committee, 1988 - present.
 
Board of Editors, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 1994 - present.
 
Member, Review Board, Environment and Development Economics, 1995 - present.
 
Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Policy, 1998 - present.
 
Board of Editors, Journal of World Forest Resource Management, 1999 - present.
 
Member, Editorial Board, Environment and Development Economics, 2002 - present.
 
Coordinating Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report, Working Group 3, Chapter 4, "Options to Enhance, Maintain and Manage Natural Carbon Stocks," 2001.
 
Board of Editors, New Forests, 1988 - 1998.
 
Editorial Council, Journal of Economic and Environmental Management, 1995 - 1997.
 
Contributing Author for two chapters, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1995 Assessment Report, and reviewer of selected chapters.
 
Board of Editors, Forest Science, 1992 - 1995.
 
Committee on Publications, Society of American Foresters, January 1989 - 1994.
 
 Associate Editor, Journal of Forestry, 1983 - 1992.
 
Honorary Associate Editor (with William F. Hyde) of "Emerging Issues in Forest Policy," edited by Peter N. Nemetz, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 1992.
 
Board of Editors, Asian Economic Journal, 1973 - 1975.
 
 
Lecturer:
 
Guest Lecturer, Princeton University, April 2001.
 
Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry for 2001, University of California at Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, September 28, 2001.
 
Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University, April 2001.
 
Distinguished Visitor in Forestry and Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley, William Main Program, Spring 1995, Spring 2000 and Winter 2000.
 
Guest Lecturer, M. L. Wilson University Lecture Series, Montana State University, September 2000.
 
Lecturer, Benjamin A. Roach Forestry Forum, October 1999.
 
Weaver Lecturer, Auburn University, April 1997.
 
Guest Lecturer, University of Florida, College of Forestry, 1992.
 
Guest Lecture Series, Mississippi State University, College of Forestry, 1991.
 
Laird Norton Lecturer, University of Michigan, Winter 1984.
 
Jones Lecturer, Yale University, Spring 1984.
 
32nd MacMillan Lecturer, University of British Columbia, l982.
 
Presented guest lecture series on "Trade and Economic Development," Korea University, Fall l97l.
 
 
Researcher:
 
Collaborative Researcher, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Forest Sector Project, Laxenburg, Austria, January - February 1982.
 
PUBLIC SERVICE
 
Testified before U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forest and Forest Health, Hearing on Committee of Scientists and National Forest Planning, March 16, 1999.
 
Testified before U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Conditions of Competition in U.S. Forest Products Trade, May 26, 1999.
 
Testified before U.S. House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Interior and Related Activities, Hearing on Natural Resources, on topic of forestry research, March 7, 1990.
 
Testified before U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands, Hearing on Tropical Forestry Research, June 1989.
 
Presented briefing on "Climate Change and U.S. Forests," to Congressional "Forestry Task Force 2000," January 12, 1988.
 
Testified before U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on International Organizations, on topic of deforestation and biological diversity, September 1984.
 
Testified before U.S. House of Representatives, Agricultural Subcommittee, on topic of the housing recession's effect on the forest products industry, September 1982.
 
Testified before U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, on topic of timber sales termination, 1982.
 
Testified for Congressional Hearing, on topic of tropical deforestation, 1981.
 
Testified before U.S. House of Representatives, Forests Subcommittee on Agriculture, on topic of log export policy, May l980.
 
Consulting to prepare and present expert testimony on behalf of Fletcher Challenge Corporation, represented by Simpson Grierson Butler White, Auckland, New Zealand, in the Tasman/Forest Corporation of New Zealand Arbitration, Auckland, New Zealand, Fall 1993.
 
 
Appointments:
 
Member, Committee of Scientists, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to Recommend Modifications in the Planning within the U.S. Forest Service, December 1997 - 1999.
 
Member, U.S. Delegation to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Eleventh World Forestry Congress, Antalya, Turkey, October 13 - 22, 1997.
 
Commissioner, Independent Commission on Environmental Education, 1996 - 1997.
 
Member of Official U.S. Delegation to the Tenth World Forestry Congress, Antalya Turkey, l996.
 
Member, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/World Bank/World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme Task Force for Tropical Diseases and the Environment, June 1994 - May 1995.
 
Member Society of American Foresters (SAF) Task Force on Strategic Planning, 1989 - 1991.
 
Member, Society of American Foresters (SAF) Task Force on International Trade, 1983 - 1985.
 
Member Society of American Foresters (SAF) Task Force on Sale of Public Lands, 1983 - 1985.
 
Member of Official U.S. Delegation to the Eighth World Forestry Congress, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1978.
 
 
Panels, Seminars and Symposiums:
 
Discussant, "Issues in Land and Forest Management," Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, American Economics Association Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 6, 2002.
 
Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group Three, Third Assessment Report, 2001.
 
Discussant, "International Environmental Policy-Making and Scholarship: Markets, Treaties, and Science," Association of Public Policy, Analysis & Management, Annual Research Conference, Washington, D.C., November 3, 2001.
 
Presenter, Congressional Staff Information Seminar on Private Forestry and Non-Industrial Forest Landowners, Longworth Building, Washington, D.C., October 20, 1999.
 
Consultant, Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and the Romania Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Economic Policy, to assist in examining the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) financed "Economic Reform Impacts on Forestry Resources Management," Bucharist, Romania, May 1 - 9, 1998.
 
Consultant, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Forest Experts Panel, July 1997.
 
Consultant, World Bank and Colombian Ministry of Environment on Biodiversity Prospecting, Bogota, Colombia, December 4 - 5, 1997.
 
Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group Three, Second Assessment Report, 1996.
 
Consultant and Participant, Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), Russian-American program "Rational Forest Management in the Russian Far East," Khabarovska, Russia, April 16 - 18, 1996.
 
Participant, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Tropical Forests, Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 9 - 11, 1990.
 
Member, Expert Consultation on Climate Change and Forests, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy, March 5 - 8, 1990.
 
Member, Advisory Panel for U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) Forestry Private Enterprise Project, 1987 - 1989.
 
Participant, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Group 2, Geneva, Switzerland, October 30 - November 1, 1989.
 
Ditchley Park Conference on World Forestry, Ditchley, U.K., Fall 1984.
 
Consultant, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting on Pricing Natural Resources for Sustainable Development, 1990.
 
 
Advisor:
 
Member, Advisory Council, Edison Electric Institute, Utility Forest Carbon Management Program, 1995 - present.
 
Member, Advisory Council for the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) sponsored Bolivian Forestry (BOLFOR) Project, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 1996.
 
Member, National Advisory Board, Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation, Policy Assistance and Sustainable Development Project, 1990 - 1994.
 
Featured Publications
Forestland Ownership Changes in the United States and Sweden
Lars Lonnsteadt and Roger Sedjo
Forest Policy and Economics | Fall 2011 | September 2011
 
“Wood as a Major Feedstock for Biofuel Production in the U.S.: Impacts on Forests and International Trade
Roger Sedjo and Brent Sohngen
Journal of Sustainable Forests. | July 2012 | forthcoming
 
“Biomass Sequestration, Energy and Global Change,”
Roger Sedjo
International Yearbook of Environmental and Resource Economics | H. Folmer and T. Tietenberg, eds. | Edward Elgar | 2010
 
Making the case for new empirical research in wildfire economics and policy
Carolyn Kousky, Sheila Olmstead, and Roger Sedjo
Dean Lueck and Karen Bradshaw | Washington, DC: Resources for the Future | 2011
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Roger A. Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change | Forthcoming
 
Far-reaching deleterious impacts of regulations on research and environmental studies of recombinant DNA-modified perennial biofuel crops in the USA
Strauss, S.H., D..L. Kershen, J.H. Bouton, T.P. Redick, H. Tan, and R. A. Sedjo.
BioScience | October 2010. | Vol. 60, No. 9. | pp. 729-741.
 
How do Environmental Regulations Affect Investments in Biofuel and Biofuel R&D: The case of Transgenic Trees
Roger A. Sedjo
AgBioForum. | Fall 2010 | forthcoming
 
Forests, Biodiversity and Avoided Deforestation in Latin America
Roger A. Sedjo and Juha Siikamaki
Latin American Development Priorities – Costs and Benefit | Edited by Bjorn Lomborg | NY: Cambridge University Press | 2010
 
“Some Limits of Wood Biomass for Cellulosic Biofuels
Roger A. Sedjo and Brent Sohngen
Milken Institute Review | Fourth Quarter 2009 | Vol. 11, No. 4. | pps. 51-55.
 
The Implications for the Timber Sector of US Biofuel Mandates
Roger Sedjo
Forest Sector Modeling Conference | College of Forestry, University of Washington, Seattle | University of Washington, Seattle | November 18, 2008
 
Carbon Credits for Avoided Deforestation
Roger A. Sedjo, Brent Sohngen.
Icfai's Professional Reference Book: Carbon Credits: An Introduction | N.A. | New Delhi: Icfai | 2008
 
Sedjo's Comments on 'Global Markets and the Health of America’s Forests: A Forest Service Perspective,'
Roger A. Sedjo
Journal of Forestry. | forthcoming
 
Returning Forest analyzed with the forest identity
Pekka E. Kauppi, Jesse H. Ausubel, Jingyun Fang, Alexander Mather, Roger A. Sedjo, and Paul E. Waggoner
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, November 14, . | Fall 2006 | Vol. 103, no.46 | pp.17574-17579
 
Valuing Biodiversity for Pharmaceutical Research (Reprint)
R. David Simpson, Roger Sedjo and J. Reid
Environmental Economics: Critical Concepts | Charles Mason and Erwin Bulte | UK: Routledge | 2007
 
Will the Developing Countries be the Early Adopters of Genetically Engineered Forests
Roger A. Sedjo
AgBioForum | Vol. 8, No.4. | pp 1-19.
 
Valuing Biodiversity for Use in Pharmaceutical Research
R. David Simpson, Roger A. Sedjo and John W. Reid
Journal of Political Economy | Winter 1996 | vol. 104, no. 1 | pp. 163 - 185
 
Voluntary Eco-Labeling and the Price Premium
Roger A. Sedjo and S.K. Swallow
Land Economics | May 2002 | Vol. 87, No. 2 | pp. 272-284
 
Accounting for Sequestered Carbon: The Question of Permanence
Gregg Marland, Kristy Fruit, and Roger Sedjo
Environment Science and Policy | 2001 | Vol. 4, No. 6 | pp. 259-268
 
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