Adam Daigneault



  • SFR 444/544 Forest Resource Economics
  • SFR 446/546– Forest Policy

Research Interests

  • Land use and land cover change
  • Climate change and freshwater policy analysis
  • Partial and general equilibrium modelling
  • Community resilience
  • Timber market analysis
  • Benefits and costs of invasive species management

Mitchell Center Research Projects



Ph.D., Natural Resource & Environmental Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
M.A., Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, Denison University, Granville, OH


Adam’s primary research is on modelling economic impacts of environmental policy on the forestry and agricultural sectors. He also conducts research on economic resilience, freshwater management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, invasive species control, and valuing ecosystem services. Adam’s research often takes an integrated approach to address complex policy issues that have a direct impact on stakeholders, particularly those involved in environmental and natural resource management. He has worked extensively on policy analysis relating to climate change, biofuels, and international and domestic land use change in the US, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and India.

Selected Publications

Favero, A., A. Daigneault, and B. Sohngen. 2020. Forests: Carbon Sequestration, Biomass Energy, or Both? Science Advances, 6(13): eaay6792.

Fernandez, M. and A. Daigneault 2020. A double win: new pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve water quality in New Zealand. Environmental Research Letters (accepted March 2020).

Gawith, D., I. Hodge, F. Morgan, and A. Daigneault. 2020. Climate change costs more than we think because people adapt less than we assume. Ecological Economics 173: 106636.

Daigneault. A. C. Johnston, A. Korosuo, J. Baker, N. Forsell, J. Prestemon and R. Abt. 2019. Developing Detailed Shared Socioeconomic Pathway (SSP) Narratives for the Global Forest Sector. Journal of Forest Economics 34:7-45.

Ausseil, A., A. Daigneault, B. Frame, E. Texiera. Towards an integrated assessment of climate and socio-economic change impacts and implications in New Zealand. Environmental Modelling and Software 119:1-20.

Brown, P., A. Daigneault and J. Dawson. 2019. Age and Decision Making in New Zealand Agriculture. Journal of Environmental Management. 231:110-120.

Daigneault A., S. Greenhalgh, and O. Samarasinghe. 2018. Economic impacts of multiple agro-environmental policies on regional New Zealand land use. Environmental and Resource Economics 69(4): 763-785.

Brown P., A. Daigneault, E. Tjernstrom, and W. Zou. 2018. Natural Disasters, Social Protection, and Risk Perceptions. World Development 104: 310–325.

Daigneault, A., F. Eppink, and W. Lee. 2017. A national riparian restoration programme in New Zealand: is it value for money? Journal of Environmental Management 187: 166-177.

Daigneault A., S. Greenhalgh, and O. Samarasinghe. 2017 Sharing the Pie: The dilemma of allocating nutrient leaching between sources. Ecological Economics 131: 449-459.

Fernandez M., and A. Daigneault. 2017. Erosion Mitigation in the Waikato District, New Zealand: Economic Implications for Agriculture. Agricultural Economics 48(3): 341-361.

Daigneault, A., B. Sohngen, and S.J. Kim. 2016. Estimating welfare effects from supply shocks with dynamic factor demand models. Forest Policy and Economics 73: 41-51.

Fernandez M., and A. Daigneault. 2016. The Paris Agreement and its impact on cattle and food sectors of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 59(4): 436-443.

Daigneault, A, P. Brown, and D. Gawith. 2016. Dredging versus hedging: comparing hard infrastructure to ecosystem-based adaptation to flooding. Ecological Economics 122: 25–35.

Morgan, F., and A. Daigneault. 2015. Estimating Impacts of Climate Change Policy on Land Use: An Agent Based Modelling Approach. PLOS One. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0127317.

Brown, P., and A. Daigneault. 2014. Cost–benefit analysis of managing the invasive African tulip tree Spathodea campanulata in the Pacific. Environmental Science & Policy 39: 65-76.

Funk J., C. Field, S. Kerr, and A. Daigneault. 2014. Modeling the impact of carbon farming on land use in a New Zealand landscape. Environmental Science & Policy 37: 1-10.

Daigneault, A., B. Sohngen, and R. Sedjo. 2012. An economic approach to assess the forest carbon implications of biomass energy. Environmental Science and Technology 46(11): 5664–5671.

Daigneault, A., M. Miranda, and B. Sohngen. 2010. Optimal forest rotation with environmental values and endogenous fire risk. Land Economics 86(1): 155-172.

Newbold, S. and A. Daigneault. 2009. Climate response uncertainty and the expected benefits of greenhouse gas emissions reductions.  Environmental and Resource Economics 44(3): 351-377.