Robert O. Mendelsohn
Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor, School of Management
B.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Yale University
Professor Mendelsohn has written over one hundred peer-reviewed articles and edited six books. The focus of his research has been the valuation of the environment. He has developed methods to value natural ecosystems including coral reefs, old-growth forests, non-timber forest products, ecotourism, and outdoor recreation. He has also developed methods to value pollution including emissions of criteria pollutants (such as particulates and sulfur dioxide) and hazardous waste sites. This work has been most recently applied to green accounting. For almost two decades, he has worked with colleagues around the world on valuing the impacts of greenhouse gases, including the effects of climate change on agriculture, forests, water resources, energy, coasts, and extreme events. This research carefully integrates adaptation into impact assessment. He has also been involved in studies of nonrenewable resources, forest management, and specifically carbon sequestration in forests.
Professor Mendelsohn is a fellow of Ezra Stiles College.