Montgomery, Claire

Department Head

Office Location: 
Snell 218
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 

PhD, 1990, Economics, University of Washington
MF, 1986, Forest Economics, University of Washington
BS, 1984, Forest Management, Oregon State University
BA, 1976, Fine Art, Portland State University

Current Programs: 

Economics of biodiversity, forest land use trade-offs, economics of wildland fire 

Current Projects:
  • Cost-effective forest wildfire management: Incentives matter
  • Community considerations in prioritizing forest fire fuel treatments
  • Letting fires burn: an analysis of the opportunity cost of fire suppression
  • New Computational Tolls for Sustainable Ecosystem Management

Graduate Students: Chris Lauer (PhD), Hailey Buckingham (PhD)

  • FOR 331 - Forest Resources Economics II
  • FOR 534 - Economics of the Forest Resource
Recent Publications: 

Dilkina, B., R.M. Houtman, C.P. Gomes, K.S. McKelvey, C.A. Montgomery, T. Graves, M.K. Schwartz. [in press] The perfect is the enemy of the good: tradeoffs and efficiencies in optimal budget-constrained multi-species corridor networks. Conservation Biology.

Lee*, Y., C.A. Montgomery, J. Kline. 2016. The influence of age-specific migration on housing growth in the rural Midwest. Landscape and Urban Planning 148:68-79.

Harrison*, J.L., C.A. Montgomery, J.C. Bliss. 2016. Beyond the monolith: the role of bonding, bridging, and linking social capital in the cycle of adaptive capacity. Society and Natural Resources 29(5):525-539.

McGregor*, S., H. Buckingham*, T.G. Dietterich, R. Houtman, C. Montgomery, R. Metoyer. 2015. Facilitating testing and debugging of Markov decision processes with visualization. In: Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing , Atlanta GA, (Oct 18–22, 2015).

Montgomery, C.A. and Crandall, M. 2014. The economics of old-growth forests. Ch. 10 In: Kant, S. and J. Alavalapati (eds.) Handbook of forest economics. Routledge Books.

Montgomery, C.A. 2014. Fire: an agent and a consequence of land use change. Ch. 11 In: Duke, J.M. and J. Wu (eds.) The Oxford handbook of land economics. UK: Oxford University Press.

Houtman, R.M., C.A. Montgomery, A.R. Gagnon, D.E. Calkin, T.D. Dietterich, S. McGregor, M. Crowley. 2013. Allowing a wildfire to burn: estimating the effect on future fire suppression costs. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22(7): 871 – 882.

Montgomery, C.A. 2013. Institutional environments and arrangements for managing complex aquatic ecosystems in forested landscapes. Forest Policy and Economics 35: 50-56. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.06.008

Kant, S., Wang, S., Deegen, P., Hostettler, M., von Detten, R., Howard, T., Laband, D., Montgomery, C.A., Robert, N., Sekot, W., Valatin, G., Zhang, D. 2013. New frontiers in forest economics. Forest Policy and Economics 35: 1-8. Doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.06.002

Adams, D.M. and Montgomery, C.A. 2013. Economic analysis of forest products markets. Vol. 2. pp. 87-96. Ch. 136 In: Shogren, J.F. (ed.) Encyclopedia of energy, natural resource and environmental economics. Elsevier Academic Press.

Busby, G., Albers, H.J., and Montgomery, C.A. 2012. Wildfire risk management: spatial interdependence and strategic interaction. Land Economics. 88: 496-517.

Nelson, E., Montgomery, C.A., Conte, M., and Polasky, S. 2011. The provisioning value of timber and non-timber forest products. Ch. 8 In: Kareiva, P., Tallis, H., Ricketts, T.H., Daily, G., and Polasky, S. (eds.) Natural capital: Theory and practice of mapping ecosystem services, UK: Oxford University Press.

Lai*, K.J., Gomes, C.P., Schwartz, M.K., McKelvey, K.S., Calkin, D.E., and Montgomery, C.A. 2011. The Steiner multigraph problem: wildlife corridor design for multiple species. In: Proceedings of the 25th Conference on Artificial Intelligence, San Francisco, CA, (August 7–11, 2011).

Konoshima, M., Albers, H.J., Montgomery, C.A., and Arthur J.A. 2010. Optimal spatial patterns of fuel management and timber harvest with fire risk. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40(1):95-108.

Polasky, S, Nelson, E., Camm, J. Csuti, B. Fackler, P., Longsodr, E., Montgomery, C., White, D., Arthur, J., Garber-Yonts, B., Haight, R., Kagan, J., Starfield, T. and Tobalske, C. 2008. Where to put things? Spatial land management with biological and economic returns. Biological Conservation 141: 1505-1524. (42, 58).

Konoshima, M., Montgomery, C.A., Albers, H.J., and Arthur, J.L. 2008. Spatial endogenous fire risk and efficient fuel management and timber harvest. Land Economics 84(3):449468. (5, 8).

Busby, G.M., and Montgomery, C.A. 2007. The opportunity cost of forest certification on private land in western Oregon. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 22(1):55-60. (3,1).

Montgomery, C.A., Latta, G., and Adams, D.M. 2006. The cost of achieving old-growth forest structure. Land Economics 82(2):240-256. (7, 5).

Montgomery, C.A., and Helvoigt, T. 2006. Changes in attitudes about importance of and willingness to pay for salmon recovery in Oregon. Journal of Environmental Management 78(4):330-340. (5, 7).

Recent Theses

Gagnon, Aaron. 2015. Economic benefit from allowign wildfires to burn in federal east-side cascade forests. MS. Oregon State University.

Marcille, Kate. 2015. Suppression resource allocation and productivity on large wildland fires. MF. Oregon State University. 

Crandall, Mindy. 2014. The effects of increased supply and emerging technologies in the forest products industry on rural communities in the northwest U.S. PhD. Oregon State University.

Harrison, Jane. 2013. The impact of social capital on well-being in rural communities. PhD. Oregon State University.

Lee, Yohan. 2012. Changing housing density in the rural Midwest. MS. Oregon State University.

Houtman, Rachel. 2011. Letting wildfires burn: Modeling the change in future suppression costs as the result of a suppress versus a let-burn management choice. MS. Oregon State University.

Busby, Gwen. 2008. Interaction of private and public forest fire risk management decisions. PhD. Oregon State University.

Konoshima, Masashi. 2006. Spatially explicit intertemporal forest management decision under risk of fire. PhD. Oregon State University.