Robert Lilieholm

Rob LilieholmRob Lilieholm is an Associate Professor of resource economics and policy in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, where he teaches and conducts research in natural resources economics, policy, and management. Lilieholm received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988. He received an M.S. in silviculture from Louisiana State University in 1984, and a B.S. in forest management with honors from Utah State University in 1983.

Dr. Lilieholm’s research interests examine ways in which wildlands can be sustainably managed to promote a wide range of ecological and social goals. Examples include a host of land use issues, including the modeling of alternative future growth scenarios to determine the long-term impact of development on natural systems at the landscape level. Other research has examined wilderness management, as well as the development of strategies to manage commercial timberlands for biological diversity and wildlife habitat. Lilieholm has also been active in research and assistance projects promoting the sustainability of African national parks, and the people that rely on them for their survival (see The Wild Coffee Project website at

Before joining UMaine in 2006, Dr. Lilieholm spent 18 years in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. He has served as a Faculty Associate and Visiting Fellow with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, as well as a Visiting Professor with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica.

My Research

The emergence of forest-based bioproducts industry offers both challenges and opportunities for the state’s forests, communities, businesses, and residents. Our research into stakeholder perceptions about Bioproducts and related harvest practices can help ensure that social benefits are realized at least cost as the industry develops into a commercially viable sector of Maine’s economy.

In Other Words

Making energy and chemicals from renewable resources like trees can help to create a sustainable economy that is less dependent on imported fossil fuels. By engaging in discussions about bioproducts with Maine’s residents and businesses, we hope to ensure that people and the environment benefit as much as possible from the transition to a sustainable future.

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243 Nutting Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
tel: (207) 581-2896