RESEARCH TEAM

Todd Morgan, Director

Todd Morgan is the Bureau's director of Forest Industry Research. He oversees and conducts research related to timber harvesting, logging utilization, and primary wood products manufacturing throughout the Western United States. He is also active in the Missoula and national chapters of the Society of American Foresters.

Todd earned a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in forest science at The Pennsylvania State University before completing an M.S. in forestry at The University of Montana-Missoula. Prior to working at the Bureau, he was a research silviculturist for the Texas Forest Service.


Steve Hayes, Research Forester

Steve Hayes is a Research Forester at the Bureau. His focus is on the forest products industry and manufacturing in Montana and other Western states. He is an active member of the Society of American Foresters and has been a Certified Forester since 2000. Steve earned his B.S. in forest resource management and M.S. in forestry from the University of Montana-Missoula. Prior to working at the Bureau, he spent 30 years working in private forest industry as a forester for Plum Creek Timber Company and Champion International Corporation.

Erik Berg, Research Forester

Erik Berg is a research forester with the BBER Forest Industry Research group. Erik investigates the dynamics of the forest products industry in Montana and the other western U.S. states.

Erik worked as a fire science research leader, forest science researcher, and forest management specialist for the federal government throughout a 35 year career prior to joining the BBER in December 2010. Erik completed an undergraduate forestry degree (1973) and master’s degrees (1974-1989) from The University of Idaho and Washington State University prior to earning his Ph.D. in forest ecology (2002) from Clemson University.


Eric Simmons, Research Associate

Eric Simmons is a Research Associate with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), Forest Industry Research Program at the University of Montana. A Montana native with pioneer roots who is at home in the outdoors. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Whitworth University in Spokane Washington. His background in forestry with the U. S. Forest Service includes work in pre-sale, stand exam, forest inventory, reforestation, fuels management, and fire suppression. Since returning to forestry in 2011 to lead the logging utilization research efforts at the BBER he has expanded into forest products industry research with analyses in Idaho and Oregon as well as assisting with the 4 Corners analysis particularly in Arizona and New Mexico.


Kate Marcille, Forest Economist

Kate Marcille is a Forest Economist with BBER’s Forest Industry Research Program. Kate’s work focuses on characterizing the composition, activity and economic impact of the forest products industry throughout the Western United States. Motivated by the relationships between rural communities and forested landscapes, Kate’s interests align with collecting, providing and analyzing reliable data to better understand the dynamic nature of primary wood products manufacturing and timber utilization.


A native Montanan, Kate holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana as well as a Masters of Forestry in Sustainable Forest Management and Applied Economics from Oregon State University. Prior to working at the Bureau, she was a research assistant for the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) Human Dimensions Program.

Dorian Smith, Research Associate

Dorian Smith joined the Bureau in 2018 as a Research Associate. He primarily gathers data from dozens of wood product operations in western states. Prior to joining the BBER staff, he compiled and edited nine editions of the Washington Mill Survey for Washington Department of Natural Resources between 2000 and 2016.

Dorian worked on daily and weekly newspapers in Washington for more than 10 years after earning a B.A in Journalism from the University of Washington. Besides gathering data on manufacturing of wood products, Dorian also researches and contributes to reports on economic trends and policies affecting the wood products industry. These topics range from rising housing industry costs to increased federal timber harvests for forest health and wildfire prevention.

Thomas Donahue, Research Associate

Tom Donahue is a research associate with the Bureau. He is a 5th generation Montanan and graduated from the University of Montana in the spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Resource Conservation and minors in Economics and Climate Change Studies. Carbon is Tom’s primary focus, he works on projects that account for carbon in harvested wood products and emissions from sawmills. Tom also assists with the field work for the logging utilization studies in California and Alaska.


CONTACT

Todd Morgan, Director
Forest Industry Research Program
406.243.5113