Dr Tyron Venn

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Dr Tyron Venn


Teaching areas

  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics

Research areas

  • forestry economics
  • bushfire / wildfire economics
  • economics of invasive species
  • economics of conservation
  • economics of climate change and renewable energy
  • Indigenous property rights and development
  • non-market valuation
  • ecosystem service valuation


Dr. Tyron Venn is passionate about the need to efficiently manage the world’s endowment of natural capital, including forests, farmland, biodiversity, water, and minerals. He applies economic tools such as non-market valuation, cost-benefit analysis and operations research to inform the design and socio-economic evaluation of natural resource policy and management. Tyron has extensive experience collaborating with natural resource scientists and managers in Australia and the United States, notably including the Wik of Aurukun in Far North Queensland, and the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

Tyron's previous positions include most recently Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics at the College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana (2011–2015); previously Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics also at the College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana (2005–2011); and earlier as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Economics and the University of the Queensland (2004–2005).

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Professional memberships

  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • International Union of Forestry Research Organizations, Group 3.08 Small-scale Forestry

USC research centre memberships


  • University of Montana Merit Award for outstanding performance in research, 2009
  • College of Forestry and Conservation Professor of the Year (by popular vote of high-achieving undergraduate students in the college), 2007


Tyron's research publications are also available at:

Tyron's selected research publications include:

O’Donnell, D.T., Venn, T.J. and Calkin D.E. (2014), ‘Willingness to Pay to Protect Homes and Natural Resources at Risk from Wildfire’, Economic Analysis and Policy 44(3): 318–332.

Armatas, C.A., Venn, T.J. and Watson, A.E. (2014), ‘Applying Q-methodology to select and define attributes for non-market valuation: a case study from Northwest Wyoming, United States’, Ecological Economics, 107: 447–456.

Scudder, M., Venn, T., Morgan, T.A. (2014), ‘Can Montana participate in the lumber export market to China’, Forest Products Journal, 64(1–2): 11–18.

Calkin, D.E., Venn, T., Wibbenmeyer, M. and Thompson, M.P. (2013), ‘Estimating US federal wildland fire managers’ preferences toward competing strategic suppression objectives’, International Journal of Wildland Fire, 22(2): 212–222.

Chung, W., Venn, T.J., Loeffler, D., Jones, J.G., Han, H.S., Calkin, D.E.(2012), ‘Assessing the potential for log sort yards to improve financial viability of forest restoration treatments’, Forest Science,58(6): 641–651.

Venn, T.J. and Quiggin, J. (2007), ‘Accommodating indigenous cultural heritage values in resource assessment: Cape York Peninsula and the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia’, Ecological Economics, 61(2–3): 334–344.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • economic evaluation of upland reforestation opportunities in the Philippines
  • economically efficient bushfire risk mitigation and management
  • economic performance of hardwood plantations in subtropical Australia

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Integration of biofuels and bioproducts production into forest products supply chains using modular biomass gasification and carbon activation Greg Jones, Nate Anderson, Tyron Venn, Chris Keyes, Woodam Chung et al U.S. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (US$5.3m)  2011–2015 Integration of biofuels and bioproducts production into forest products supply chains using modular biomass gasification and carbon activation

The role of wilderness in sustaining ecosystem services across landscapes and society

Tyron Venn

USDA Forest Service Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (US$0.23m)


Social preferences for ecosystem services provided by wilderness areas

Assessing and adaptively managing wildfire risk in the wildland–urban interface for future climate and land use changes Tony Prato, Tyron Venn, Robert Keane, Dan Fagre, Gamini Herath National Science Foundation (US$1.5m)



 Economic evaluation of wildfire risk mitigation strategies
Valuing market and non-market resources at risk from wildfire Tyron Venn USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station (US$0.7m)


Using stated preference techniques, wildfire simulation models and risk analysis to value resources at risk from wildfire
Decision-support tool utilizing improved dispersal modelling to develop socio-economically efficient invasive species Tim Prather, Tyron Venn, Larry Lass, Woodam Chung, Steve Radosevich, Steve Cook  USDA National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program (US$0.5m)



Inform development of economically efficient invasive species management strategies
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