Brent Sohngen

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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Address:322 Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210
Country:United States


Brent Sohngen is Professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. He received his Ph.D. in environmental economics from Yale University in 1996. Sohngen conducts research on the economics of land use change, the design of incentive mechanisms for water and carbon trading, carbon sequestration, and non-market valuation of environmental resources.

Professor Sohngen developed a global timber and land use model that has been widely used to assess the implications of climate change on forested ecosystems and forest product markets and to assess the costs of carbon sequestration in forests, including reductions in deforestation. The model has recently been expanded to account for agricultural production and markets.

Professor Sohngen has written or co-written 31 peer-reviewed journal articles, 45 monographs and book chapters. He has been published in a variety of journals including the American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, and Climatic Change. He co-edited a special issue of Climatic Change in 2006, addressing adaptation to climate change.

Selected Publications

Murray, B.C., B. Sohngen, and M.T. Ross. 2007. "Economic Consequences of Consideration of Permanence, Leakage and Additionality for Soil Carbon Sequestration Projects". Climatic Change, Vol. 80(1-2), Pgs. 127-143

Tavoni, M., B. Sohngen and V. Bosetti. 2007. "Forestry and the Carbon Market Response to Stabilize Climate". Energy Policy, Vol. 35(11), Pgs. 5346-5353

Sohngen, B., and S. Brown. 2006. "The Influence of Conversion of Forest Types on Carbon Sequestration and Other Ecosystem Services in the South Central United States". Ecological Economics, Vol. 57, Pgs. 698-708

Sohngen, B., and R. Sedjo. 2006. "Carbon Sequestration in Global Forests Under Different Carbon Price Regimes". Energy Journal, Vol. 27, Pgs. 109-126

Sohngen, B., and S. Brown. 2004. "Measuring Leakage from Carbon Projects in Open Economies: A Stop Timber Harvesting Project as a Case Study". Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Vol. 34, Pgs. 829-839

Taylor, M.A., B. Sohngen, A.J. Randall and H. Pushkarskaya. 2004. "Group Performance Contracts for Voluntary Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: Evidence from Experimental Auctions". American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 86, Pgs. 1196-1202

Sohngen, B., and R. Mendelsohn. 2003. "An Optimal Control Model of Forest Carbon Sequestration". American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85, Pgs. 448-457

Sohngen, B., R. Mendelsohn and R. Sedjo. 2001. "A Global Model of Climate Change Impacts on Timber Markets". Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 26(2), Pgs. 326-343

Sohngen, B., and R. Sedjo. 2000. "Potential Carbon Flux from Timber Harvests and Management in the Context of a Global Timber Market". Climatic Change, Vol. 44, Pgs. 151-172

Sohngen, B., R. Mendelsohn and R. Sedjo. 1999. "Forest Management, Conservation, and Global Timber Markets". American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 81(1), Pgs. 1-13

Sohngen, B., and R. Mendelsohn. 1998. "Valuing the Market Impact of Large Scale Ecological Change: The Effect of Climate Change on US Timber". American Economic Review, Vol. 88(4), Pgs. 689-710