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.


Charles Keegan, Director Emeritus

Charles E. Keegan III retired as director of forest industry and manufacturing research in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and research professor in the School of Business Administration at The University of Montana-Missoula in 2007. For 28 years, his research has emphasized the structure and operations of the forest products industry in Montana and other western states. During the past decade, he has expanded his research to include other sectors of Montana’s manufacturing industries. Professor Keegan has also worked extensively on the feasibility of implementing new forest management regimes related to ecosystem restoration and fire hazard reduction. He has authored over 100 publications and is a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters. Professor Keegan has served on the board of directors of the Forest Products Society, as well as on the board of trustees of the Western Forestry and Conservation Association. He is past chairman of the Inland Empire Section of the Forest Products Society and of the Montana Society of American Foresters. He continues to work with the Bureau on various research projects between fishing trips.


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.


Chelsea McIver, Research Specialist

Chelsea McIver is a research specialist with the Forest Industry Research Program at the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research. She holds a BA in Rural and Environmental Sociology and an MS in Forestry from the University of Montana. Current research projects include studies of the forest products industry in Montana, Wyoming and California, federal contracting policy and its impact on local business utilization to conduct management and restoration on public lands, and analyses of the forest product industry's ability to utilize small-diameter material.

Chelsea is a member of the Local Wood is Good committee and is on the planning committee for Montana Forest Products Week. She is also involved in local collaborative efforts, currently serving as chair of the Socioeconomic Monitoring Committee of the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative and as a member of the Lolo Restoration Committee. Prior to working at the University of Montana, Chelsea spent 5 years working as a grantmaker for the National Forest Foundation supporting and building the capacity of collaborative and community-based conservation groups across the country. She lives in Missoula with her daughter and cat.


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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, Research Associate

Kate Marcille is a Research Associate with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), Forest Industry Research Program at the University of Montana. A native Montanan, Kate holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana-Missoula and a Masters of Forestry in Sustainable Forest Management and Applied Economics from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.


Kate's work with BBER focuses on characterizing the forest industry's composition, size and economic impact across the western United States and providing reliable data describing the dynamic nature of forest product markets and firms. Motivated by the interactions between rural communities and forested landscapes, Kate's previous research efforts have been grounded in the field of behavioral economics, trade-off analysis, and optimal decision-making in the face of uncertainty.

CONTACT

Todd Morgan, Director
Forest Industry Research Program
406.243.5113