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Faculty Profile
David Newman

David  Newman


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309 Bray Hall



  • David Newman is a Professor of Resource Economics and Policy in the Department of Sustainable Resources Management (SRM) at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY.  He also serves as the College's first ombudsman and is a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.  He previously served as the Interim Provost of the College for 2+ years and Chair of SRM for 10+ years. Before coming to ESF, Dr. Newman was Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. His primary research areas have been the economics of public policy related to timber supply and land use change.  He has authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed journal articles, two books, and two edited volumes in the general areas of returns to research in forestry, the economics of timber supply, the role of government policy in landowner decision-making, and forest taxation.  He has consulted on various forestry projects with organizations such as the World Bank, the USDA Forest Service, the World Wildlife Fund, the Agency for International Development, the US EPA, and others.  He served as the Theme 4 leader (Biodiversity and Protected Area Management) for the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.  For public service, he served as the Chair of the NY Society of American Foresters and wrote the Forestry Foundations column for the New York Forester for 3 years.  He was also the President of the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP).  He has given lectures or served as a visiting scholar at several international institutions including the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the Swedish Agricultural University, the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Oslo University, the Colombian National Planning Department, and the University of Tasmania. 
  • Vita (PDF)


  • Ph.D., Duke University (Natural Resource Economics), 1986
  • M.S., Duke University (Forest Resource Economics), 1984
  • B.S. University of California, Berkeley (Forest Management), 1977

Other Activities

Ombudsman, SUNY ESF

At large representative and former President, National Association of Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP)

Member, Board of Governors, New York Sea Grant Program (NYSG)



Current Graduate Advisees

Phil CorneyPhil Corney

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kuehn and Newman
  • Area of Study: Forest Resources Management

Emma GoertzenEmma Goertzen

  • Degree Sought: MF
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Forest Mgt and Operations

Jin YinJin Yin

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services

Areas of Study

  • Forest Resource Economics
  • Land Use Policy
  • Sustainable Resource Management

Courses Taught

  • FOR 207 - Introduction to Economics (Spring)
  • FOR 465 - Natural Resources Policy (Fall)
  • FOR 665 - Natural Resources Policy (Fall)
  • FOR 670 - Resource and Environmental Economics (Fall)
  • BUA/ECS/FOR 650 - Managing Sustainability: Purpose, Principles, and Practice (Spring

Recent Publications

Pandit, K., E. Bevilacqua, D.H. Newman, and B.J. Butler.  2021.  Understanding the spatial pattern and driving factors associated with timberland ownership change in the Northern United States.  Journal of Forestry 119(4):376-392.

Cushing, T.L and D.H. Newman.  2018.  Analysis of Relative Tax Burden on Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowners in the Southeastern United States.  Journal of Forestry 116(3):228-235.

Hendricks, A.M., J.E. Wagner, T.A. Volk, and D.H. Newman.  2016.  Regional economic impacts of biomass district heating in rural New York.  Biomass and Bioenergy 88:1-9.

Hendricks, A.M., J.E. Wagner, T.A. Volk, D.H. Newman, and T.R. Brown.  2016.  A Cost-Effective Evaluation of Biomass District Heating in Rural Communities.  Applied Energy 162:561-569.

Ebers, A., R.W. Malmsheimer, T.A. Volk, and D.H. Newman.  2016.  Inventory and Classification of United States Federal and State Forest Biomass Electricity and Heat Policies.  Biomass and Bioenergy 84(1):67-75

Ebers, A. and D.H. Newman.  2014.  Economics of conservation easements.  Ch. 28 (pp. 430-443).  In: Kant, S. and J. Alavalapati (eds.) Handbook of forest economics. Oxford UK: Earthscan Pub.

Wagner, J.E. and D.H. Newman.  2013.  The Simon-Ehrlich bet: Teaching relative vs. absolute scarcity.  The American Economist (58(1):16-26

Newman, D.H. and J.E. Wagner.  2012.  Putting Samuelson's Economics of Forestry into context: The limits of forest economics in policy debates.  Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 4(3):215-218.

Siry, J., F. Cubbage, D. Newman, and R. Izlar.  2010.  Forest ownership and management outcomes in the U.S., in global context.  International Forestry Review 12(1):38-48.

Malmsheimer, R.W. and D.H. Newman.  2010.  Limit Forest Service’s role expansion to informing policy.  Journal of Forestry 108(2):97-98. (Note: This was an invited response to: Kimbell, A.R., C. Hickman, and H. Brown. How do taxes affect America’s private forestland owners?)

Cho, S.H., S.T. Yen, J.M. Bowker, and D.H. Newman.  2008.  Modeling willingness to pay for land conservation easements: Treatment of zero and protest bids and application and policy implications.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 40(1):267-285.

Newman, D.H.  2008.  The market for America’s forests.  Journal of Forestry 106(1):53. (Note: This was an invited response to: Collins, S., D. Darr, D. Wear, and H. Brown.  Global markets and the health of America’s forests: A Forest Service perspective.)

Peter, G.F., D.E. White, R. de la Torre, R. Singh, and D.H. Newman.  2007.  The value of forest biotechnology: a cost modeling study with loblolly pine and kraft linerboard in the southeastern USA.  International Journal of Biotechnology 9(5):415-435.

Cubbage, F.W. and D.H. Newman. 2006. Forest policy reformed: A United States perspective. Forest Policy and Economics 9:261-273.

Cho, S.H. and D.H. Newman. 2005. Spatial analysis of rural land development. Forest Policy and Economics 7:732-744.

Cho, S.H., D.H. Newman, and J.M. Bowker. 2005. Measuring rural homeowners' willingness to pay for land conservation easements. Forest Policy and Economics 7:757-770.

Cho, S.H., D.H. Newman, and D.N. Wear. 2005. Community choices and housing demands: A spatial analysis of the Southern Appalachian highlands. Housing Studies 20(4):549-569.

Rechan, C.L., D.H. Newman, W. Flick, and H. Neuhaueser. 2005. Land trust activity and highest and best uses under conservation easements in Georgia. Natural Areas Journal 25(1):91-100.

Wear, D.N. and D.H. Newman. 2004. The speculative shadow over timberland values in the US South. Journal of Forestry 102(8):25-31.

Cho, S.H., D.H. Newman, and D.N. Wear. 2003. Impacts of second home development on housing prices in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies 15(3):208-225.

Bowker, J.M., D.H. Newman, R.J. Warren, and D. Henderson. 2002. Estimating the economic value of lethal vs. non-lethal deer control in suburban communities. Society and Natural Resources 16(2):143-158.

Yin, R., D.H. Newman, and J. Siry. 2002. Testing for market integration among southern pine regions. Journal of Forest Economics 8(2):151-166.

Newman, D.H. 2002. Forestry’s golden rule and the development of the optimal forest rotation literature. Journal of Forest Economics 8(1):5-28.

Siry, J. and D.H. Newman. 2001. A stochastic production frontier analysis of Polish state forest management. Forest Science 47(4):526-533.

Newman, D.H., T. Brooks, and C. Dangerfield. 2000. Conservation use valuation and land protection in Georgia. Forest Policy and Economics 1(3):257-266.