Dr. Jianbang Gan





Forest management and economics


Ph.D. Iowa State University - Forestry (Economics)
M.S. Iowa State University - Forestry (Economics & Marketing)
B.S. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (China) - Forestry (Engineering)


(979) 862-4392




Texas A&M University
2138 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-2138 USA

Dr. Gan is a professor of Forest Economics and Management in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. He is also a faculty affiliate of Texas A&M Energy Institute and jointly appointed in the Department of Agricultural Economics. His current research centers on the economics of bioenergy and natural and human disturbances including climate change, wildfire, pest infestation, and invasion of alien species as related to forest resource management/conservation. He is also keen in issues related to forest product trade, forestry governance, and socially or economically disadvantaged forestland owners. In addition, he has research experience in bioenergy and sustainable forest management in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 


ESSM 308 -- Fundamentals of Environmental Decision-Making 

ESSM 405 -- Forest Resources Assessment and Management 

ESSM 605 -- The Research Process 

Selected Publications

Bioenergy and Bioeconomy

Golecha, R., and J. Gan. 2016. Effects of corn stover year-to-year supply variability and market structure on biomass utilization and cost. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 57:34-44.

Gan, J., and C.T. Smith. 2011. Optimal plant size and feedstock supply radius: A modeling approach to minimize bioenergy production costs. Biomass and Bioenergy 35:3350-3359.

Gan, J. 2007. Supply of biomass, bioenergy, and carbon mitigation: Method and application. Energy Policy 35:6003-6009.

Disturbances and Responses

Gan, J., A. Jarrett, and C. Johnson Gaither. 2015. Landowner response to wildfire risk: Adaptation, mitigation or doing nothing. Journal of Environmental Management 159:186-191.

Wang, H., W.E. Grant, J. Gan, W.E. Rogers, T.M. Swannack, T.E. Koralewski, J.H. Miller, and J.W. Taylor, Jr. 2012. Integrating spread dynamics and economics to manage Chinese tallow (Triadicasebifera (L.) Small) invasions in southern U.S. forestlands. PLoS ONE 7(3):e33877.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033877.

Gan, J. 2004. Risk and damage of southern pine beetle outbreaks under global climate change. Forest Ecology and Management 191:61-71.

Trade and Conservation

Gan, J., B. Cashore, and M. Stone. 2013. Impacts of Lacey Act Amendment and Voluntary Agreement Partnerships on illegal logging: Implications for forestry governance. Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research 5(4):209-226.

Gan, J., and B.A. McCarl. 2007. Measuring transnational leakage of forest conservation. Ecological Economics 64:423-432.

 Zhang, J., and J. Gan. 2007. Who will meet China's demand for imported forest products? World Development 35:2150-2160.

Current Projects


US-India consortium for development of sustainable advanced lignocellulosic biofuel systems, US Department of Energy


Assessing socioeconomic impacts of forest biomass based biofuel development on rural communities in the southern United States, US Department of Agriculture


Integrating research, education and extension for enhancing southern pine climate change mitigation and adaptation, US Department of Agriculture



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