Jay O'Laughlin, Ph.D., Professor
College of Natural Resources
Barrington, Illinios, USA
University of Idaho
Policy Analysis Group, Director
Professor of Forestry and Policy Sciences
Campus Locations: Moscow
Ph.D. University of Minnesota. 1980. Forestry (economics and policy). Dissertation: Strategic planning and land-use decision making by the new diversified entrants in the wood-based industry.
M.S. University of Minnesota. 1977. Forestry. Plan B project: Economics and equity—an analysis of user fee policies on federal recreation lands.
B.S.B.A. University of Denver. 1971. Finance, College of Business Administration.
Natural resource policy analysis
Forest resource economics
Forest carbon sequestration
Endangered species conservation
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.