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Brent Sohngen

Brent Sohngen

Brent Sohngen
Brent Sohngen
Professor
Contact Information

322 Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
sohngen.1@osu.edu
Telephone: 614-688-4640
Fax: 614-292-0078

Degree information

B.S., Applied Economics & Business Management, Cornell University (1991)
D.F., Natural Resource & Environmental Economics, Yale University (1996)

Brent Sohngen is a professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. He also leads Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative. Dr. Sohngen received his doctorate in environmental and resource economics from Yale University in 1996. He conducts research on the economics of land use change, the design of incentive mechanisms for water and carbon trading, carbon sequestration, and valuation of environmental resources. Dr. Sohngen developed a global forest and land use model that has been widely used to assess the implications of climate change on ecosystems and markets, and to assess the costs of carbon sequestration in forests, including reductions in deforestation. Dr. Sohngen has written or co-written 31 peer-reviewed journal articles, 45 monographs and book chapters. He co-authored sections of the 2001 and 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and he co-authored the forestry chapter of the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment Report. Additionally, he has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research.  He teaches courses on “Food, Population and the Environment” and “Energy, the Environment, and the Economy”.

Interests

Natural Resource & Environmental Economics  - Valuing environmental change; Modeling land-use/land-cover change; Timber market modeling; Economics of non-point source pollution

Graduate Students
Li Gao
Bashiru Haruna
Sei Jin Kim
Yingdan Mei
Theodore Saltos

American Journal of Agricultural Economics - Agricultural and Applied Economics Association By Brent Sohngen and Robert Mendelsohn This study develops an optimal control model of carbon sequestration and energy abatement to explore the potential role of forests in greenhouse gas mitigation. The...
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May 2, 2003
By Brent Sohngen and Robert Mendelsohn The American Economic Review This paper establishes a methodology for valuing the impact of large-scale ecological changes in a market. Given the large capital stocks inherent in most ecological systems, the dynamic nature of most ecological change, and the...
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September 4, 1998
By Massimo Tavoni, Brent Sohngen, Valentina Bosetti This paper investigates the potential contribution of forestry management in meeting a CO2 stabilization policy of 550 ppmv by 2100. In order to assess the optimal response of the carbon market to forest sequestration we couple two global models...
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January 1, 2013
This paper reviews literature on the impacts of climate change and climate change policy on agriculture and forests. The review suggests that the range of results in the impact literature is widening rather than narrowing as more studies are added. To a large degree, however, the range of results...
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December 7, 2008
By Brent Sohngen, Ralph Alig, and Birger Solberg This paper assesses recent research on climate change, the forest sector, and the global carbon cycle in order to provide a synthesis of recent research results that investigate how climate change may affect the global forest sector. There is...
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January 1, 2007
By Brent Sohngen and Robert H. Beach
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September 1, 2006
By Brent Sohngen and Sandra Brown
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January 1, 2006
This short piece provides estimates of the marginal costs of forest carbon sequestration in all regions of the world. The regions are highly aggregated to the level of countries and in many cases continents. They are the first globally comprehensive estimates of the marginal costs of carbon...
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August 1, 2005
By Brent Sohngen and Roger Sedjo This paper examines potential climate change impacts in North American timber markets. The results indicate that climate change could increase productivity in forests in North America, increase productivity in forests globally, and reduce timber prices. North...
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January 1, 2005
By Brent Sohngen and Sandra Brown This paper estimates a forestland management model for the three states in the South Central United States (Arkanses, Louisiana, and Mississippi). Forest type and land-use shares are estimated to be a function of economic and physical variables. The results suggest...
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December 15, 2004
By Brent Sohngen and Colleen Tennity This paper describes a dataset containing inventory and economic information on global forests. Inventory information on the area of timber in productive forest types is furnished for different age classes, where that information is available. Inventory...
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November 30, 2004
By Brent Sohngen and Robert Mendelsohn Paper prepared for Energy Modeling Forum Snowmass Meeting August, 2004
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September 29, 2004

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Authors: Sei Jin Kim, Brent Sohngen and Abdoul G. Sam, OSU AEDE, and Kevin King, USDA Agricultural Research Service. We examine whether federally-sponsored voluntary environmental programs to reduce phosphorus pollution from agriculture have had any impact on water quality outcomes. Using daily...
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October 1, 2014
By Samantha Sekar and Brent Sohngen US state carbon intensities are highly heterogeneous, and few studies have been aimed at identifying the causes of these differences among states. Determining the factors that enable certain states to develop their economies on a less carbon-intensive trajectory...
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April 30, 2014
Presented at The Ohio State University's 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series Dean's Preview Meeting on November 25, 2013.
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November 25, 2013
Terrestrial ecosystems store approximately 1 trillion tons of CO2 in the biomass of living trees and plants. Current estimates suggest that it would be possible to increase this carbon efficiently in order to reduce the future damages of climate change. The methods that could be used include...
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September 1, 2009
By Roger Sedjo and Brent Sohngen The growing reliance in the United States and many other industrial countries on foreign petroleum has generated increasing concerns. Since the 1970s, many administrations have called for energy independence, with a particular focus on petroleum. Although energy...
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June 1, 2009
By Brian Murray, Ruben Lubowski, and Brent Sohngen Deforestation and forest degradation currently account for 15% to 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, exceeding the global emissions of the transportation sector (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] 2007). But efforts to curb...
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June 1, 2009
Course number Course title Semesters offered
AED ECON 2500 Introduction to Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability Autumn
AED ECON 4320 Energy, the Environment, and the Economy Autumn
AED ECON 4597.01 Population, Food, and the Environment Autumn, Spring, Summer
AED ECON 7890 Workshop on Microeconomic Analysis (2) May
AED ECON 8890 Workshop on Research Models (2) May
Imposing a 25 percent tax on phosphorus, used as a fertilizer primarily on corn, could reduce soluble phosphorus concentrations in the watershed by about 8 percent, according to an analysis led by Brent Sohngen, AEDE professor and Director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative.
Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative will hold a webinar focused on the economics of water pollution control, looking specifically at the case of harmful algal blooms, on Tuesday, September 30th from 12 noon to 1pm. The webinar is free, open to all, and is targeted at non-economic audiences. Advance registration is not required.
Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative, which is directed by Professor Brent Sohngen, offers a yearly summer research grant for OSU graduate students who are preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. This year’s award was given to Elizabeth Gardiner from the Department of Anthropology; Chris Hartmann from the Department of Geography; and Nicholas Irwin from AEDE.
Every four years, the U.S. federal government commissions the U.S. National Climate Assessment to examine the effects of climate change on the world around us. The final product is delivered to the President and Congress. Professor Brent Sohngen served as a co-author for the forestry chapter of this year's report.
Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, which is led by Professor Brent Sohngen, launched its Summer 2014 grant competition today. The program offers research grants for OSU graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. Recipients receive an award of $4,000 for the summer. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 16th.
New research by Samantha Sekar, a former AEDE graduate student, and Professor Brent Sohngen finds that state-level implementation of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the U.S. reduced national carbon emissions by 4 percent in 2010, with more substantial reductions expected in the future.
Attend one of the dozen agricultural policy and outlook county meetings to be held throughout Ohio in December 2013. The meetings will feature presentations from AEDE experts on policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
AEDE’s Brent Sohngen, Elena Irwin, and Barry Ward will headline a panel discussion at this year’s Farm Science Review: “Water Quality: State and National Concerns and Consequences”. The discussion will focus on the impact of agricultural production practices on Ohio’s water resources. The panel will be moderated by Matthew Roberts.
The 2013 Farm Science Review will be held from September 17-19, 2013 at Ohio State’s 2,100 acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. AEDE faculty, staff and students will have active roles at this year's event.
Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative, which is directed by AEDE's Dr. Brent Sohngen, has awarded three outstanding Ohio State doctoral students research grants for use during the summer of 2013. The grant funding will be used by the students for new research related to environmental policy.

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October 24, 2014
Op-ed by Brent Sohngen in The Detroit News
October 6, 2014
Brent Sohngen on WOSU Public Media
September 30, 2014
Brent Sohngen in Ag Professional
May 7, 2014
Brent Sohngen in the Cincinnati Enquirer
November 18, 2013
Research by Brent Sohngen in the Huffington Post
November 8, 2013
Research by Brent Sohngen in DomesticFuel.com
September 17, 2013
Brent Sohngen, Elena Irwin, Barry Ward and Matthew Roberts in Farm and Dairy
Brent Sohngen , AEDE Professor and Director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative , presents a summary of his presentation at the 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series , " A Model of Phosphorus Emissions in NW Ohio: Estimates and Policy Implications ".
Environmental Poliicy Initiative Webinar held on December 12, 2013. Featuring: Bill Stanley, The Nature Conservancy Samy Sekar, Resources for the Future Dr. Brent Sohngen, James Goodenberger and Shelby Stults, The Ohio State University This webinar examines the role of policy and economic trends on...
Oct 23 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative , which is led by Professor Brent Sohngen , will host a seminar with Robert Mendelsohn , Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy, Professor of Economics, and Professor, School of Management, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental...
Sep 30 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This webinar will examine the economics of water pollution control through the lens of harmful algal blooms. In particular, the webinar will provide the following: A discussion of the economic dangers of harmful algal blooms. An evaluation of traditional conservation practices in the Maumee River...
Dec 12 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Featuring: Bill Stanley, The Nature Conservancy Samy Sekar, Resources for the Future Dr. Brent Sohngen, James Goodenberger and Shelby Stults, The Ohio State University This webinar will examine the role of policy and economic trends on reducing carbon emissions in Ohio. In our research, we found...
Sep 17 2013 (All day) to Sep 19 2013 (All day)
The 2013 Farm Science Review will be held from September 17-19, 2013 at Ohio State’s 2,100 acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Learn more about the many roles that AEDE faculty, staff and students will have at this year's event, including headlining a panel discussion on water...