My current research focuses in the following areas:
Market-based solutions to illegal logging
Global markets for renewable materials
Understanding educational needs of specifiers
Green building with a focus on material selection, purchasing, and specification
I have a strong interest in understanding the dynamics of international trade of renewable materials. I teach Global Trade in Renewable Materials where I try to help students gain an understanding of these complex markets. I am an active member of the Forest Legality Alliance where I help other members understand the role of wood science in mitigating illegal logging. I also work with building design professionals to help them understand and utilize renewable materials in the design and construction of buildings.
I am also the Assistant Director of the the Oregon Wood Innovation Center (OWIC) where my role is to help improve the competitiveness of the Oregon forest products industry. The function of OWIC is to link industry professionals to the resources available at the University.