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David N. Wear

David WearDr. David Wear is Research Forest Economist and Project Leader of the Center for Integrated Forest Science (CIFS), within the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station and in partnership with the North Carolina State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, where he is also Adjunct Professor. Upon co-founding CIFS, Dr. Wear already had 17 years of experience leading Forest Economics and Policy research program at Research Triangle Park.

Area of Expertise:
Integrated forest science and synthesis; forecasting forest conditions; multiple scale analysis of land use; forest sustainability, investments, and productivity

Research Interests:
My research approach supports the understanding that policy analysis demands that methods accurately reflect both the economic mechanism and biological context of natural resource decisions.  I apply methods from microeconomics, statistics/econometrics, forest inventory, forest biology, and simulation modeling.

My research focuses on developing natural resource futures, conducting broad scale assessments, and supporting policy discussions. Natural resource futures are formed from an understanding the dynamics that shape future forests and developing projections of forest conditions, uses, and values that can support policy analysis and deliberations. The studies address multiple mechanisms of change including land use choices, forest management choices, climate influences on forest conditions, and biological dynamics. Most recently, my research is focused on projecting changes in the carbon content of US forests.

Natural resource assessments support the application of research to regional and US-wide questions regarding natural resources. Methods include public involvement, scenario design, science synthesis as well as leading teams to complete regional multidisciplinary assessments and contributing to national assessments. Most recently, I am focusing on downscaling projection approaches to address water issues for large river basins.

B.A. University of Montana (1981)
M.F. Duke University (1983)
Ph.D. University of Montana (1987)

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