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Dr. Richard Thompson

Dr. ThompsonDr. Richard Thompson

(Director UFEI)

Phone: (805) 756-2898
Office: 74M-A118



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Dr. Thompson's Areas of Focus

Natural Resource / Environmental Economics · Natural Resources Policy · Urban and Community Forestry


About Dr. Richard Thompson

Rich Thompson is our resident economist. He attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his B.S. in Forest Management and M.S. in forest economics. While working at Texas A&M he earned his Ph.D. in natural resources economics.  Rich joined the NRES department in 1990 and served as Department Head in 2016.


Student comments about Dr. Thompson


Dr. Thompson does a great job of going back to the basics and laying out explanations. He is very knowledgeable and is understanding of where students struggle the most with course material.

Exceptionally knowledgeable professor who does his best to teach the material in an understandable way.

The instructor's teaching style was very effective and he presented the material clearly. He was very helpful and always was willing to answer questions. I liked that he made the lectures very engaging and encouraged class participation and discussion. Overall, the class was very enjoyable and I feel that I learned a lot of new knowledge in various economic concepts.

Thompson was super funny and made the class enjoyable. The class was difficult but he presented the material as clearly as possible.

Dr. Thompson is the shit!!!! (in a good way)! One of the best professors I've had at CP. I truly respect this man and wish he taught more classes i could take.


Selected Publications

Thompson, R.P. and J.R. Reimer. Status and trends of Municipal Urban Forestry Programs in California. Proceedings of the Society of American Foresters Annual Convention.  Albuquerque, NM, November, 2016.

ill, S.G., R.P. Thompson, and J. Mills. Comparison of Southern and Northern California Urban Forests. Proceedings of the Society of American Foresters Annual Convention.  Charleston, SC, October 2013./p>

Gill, S.G., R.P. Thompson, and J. Mills. Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis. Proceedings of the Society of American Foresters Annual Convention.  Honolulu, HI, November 2011.

Thompson, R.P. and S. R. Auten.  Is it economical to manage jointly for wood and carbon under the Climate Action Reserve Protocol?  Proceedings of coast redwood forests in a changing California: a symposium for scientists and managers.  U.S.D.A. Forest Service, PSW-GTR- 238, 2011, p. 617-626.

Thompson, R. P. “State of the California Urban Forest – Status and Trends 1998 to 2003.” Urban Forest Ecosystem Institute, Technical Report No. 13, July 2006.

Thompson, R. P. and C.A. Dicus.  THP Costs, Proceedings of Western Forest Economists Convention, May 2-4, 2005, Welches, OR.

Thompson, R. P. and C.A. Dicus. The Impact of California’s changing Environmental Regulations on Timber Harvest Planning Costs, California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, March 2005.

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