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Jay O'Laughlin, Ph.D., Professor

Office: Phinney 410
Phone: (208) 885-5776
Email: jayo@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Policy Analysis Group
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1134

College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
Policy Analysis Group, Director
Professor of Forestry and Policy Sciences

Home Town: Barrington, Illinios, USA
Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Natural resource policy analysis
    • Policy sciences
    • Forest resource economics
    • Forest carbon sequestration
    • Wood bioenergy
    • Endangered species conservation
  • Biography
    I grew up in the lake states, infatuated with forests and streams. After earning a business finance degree and service as a U.S. Army combat artillery officer in Vietnam, I worked in the world of business, but soon tired of buying and selling products. I enrolled in forestry school and a business background proved useful because forests are valuable assets for which decision-making is complicated by many factors, including public policies as well as economics. I cut my academic teeth at Texas A&M University, teaching forestry economics and policy courses and earning tenure. When the University of Idaho advertised for a Natural Resource Policy Analysis Group director, a new position created by the Idaho Legislature in 1989 to provide objective analysis of natural resource issues Idahoans care about, I applied and won the job. Every day since then has been an intellectual adventure requiring creativity as well as objectivity, and the opportunity to work with many interesting people.
  • Selected Publications
    • O’Laughlin, J. & others. 2009. Wood Bioenergy: Homegrown Baseload Energy for Idaho. Forestry/Biomass Task Force Report, Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, Boise, ID.
    • O’Laughlin, J. 2005. Conceptual model for comparative ecological risk assessment of wildfire effects on fish, with and without fuel treatment. Forest Ecology and Management 211(1-2):59-72.
    • O’Laughlin, J. 2004. Policy analysis framework for sustainable forestry: national forest case study. Journal of Forestry 102(2):34-41.
    • O’Laughlin, J. & P.S. Cook. 2002. Resource management by epistle: the use of facts and values in policy-related communications. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 31:25-30.
    • Cubbage, F.W., J. O’Laughlin & C.S. Bullock III. 1993. Forest Resource Policy. John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY.
    • O’Laughlin, J. 1992. The Endangered Species Act: what the law is and what it might become. Journal of Forestry 90(8):6-12.
    *see Policy Analysis Group publications for most recent work; for a complete list of publications, projects and awards, see full CV.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Society of American Foresters, Biogenic Carbon Response Team, 2012-present.
    • Western Governors' Association Forest Health Advisory Committee, 2004-2013.
    • Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, Forestry/Biomass Task Force Chair, 2008-present.
    • Society of American Foresters, Forest Policy Committee, 2001-2003.
    • Inland Empire Society of American Foresters, Forest Policy Committee Chair, 1997-present.
    • Idaho Federal Lands Task Force, 1996-1998.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Society of American Foresters Award in Forest Science, 2010.
    • University of Idaho Faculty Award of Excellence in Outreach, 2000.
    • Society of American Foresters Fellow, 2000.
    • Inland Empire Society of American Foresters Communicator of the Year, 1997.
    • Texas Forestry Association Award of Merit in Forest Research, 1988.
“The top of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.” John McPhee

“As the partisan of the neglected perspective, the scholar serves the interest of objectivity and of balance, of reasoned and deliberative judgment. Thus understood, the function of the policy scientist is to keep the argument open, not to resolve it.” Charles W. Anderson