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Dr. Dalia Abbas

Assistant Professor, Forest Certification & Sustainability

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Warnell 4-507


Doctorate in Nat. Res. Sciences and Management, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.
Masters in Development with forestry emphasis, University of Sussex, UK

Dr. Abbas holds a joint appointment between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Savannah River Ecology Lab in Aiken, SC. She graduated with a PhD in natural resources sciences and management from the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialization are biomass feedstock supply chain logistics, ecosystem services protection, economic modeling, technical standards development, life cycle assessment, resource utilization strategies and sustainability sciences. Prior to her degree in Minnesota she worked for the British Standards Institution in London on the chain of custody and technical standards of wood products. She has recently completed two projects on the supply chain logistics and feedstock analysis of woody biomass supply from natural stands and plantations for the production of woodchips, pellets, torrefied wood pellets and ethanol production. She completed postdoc work with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in bioenergy crops best management practices and supply logistics. She has helped teach and develop a bioenergy concentration in Michigan State University, a supply chain value management and forestry programs at Tennessee State University and develop and loggers’ educational program in Minnesota and Tennessee. Her affiliations include being an elected executive board member in the Forest Products Society, board member of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, and committee member of core Society of American Foresters working groups. She is a voting member with the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineering, developing solid biofuels technical standards that are being developed in coordination with the International Standards Organization.


Research Areas Detail:

•Forest sustainability and ecosystems valuations
•Resource supply and value chain management
•Forest operations and management
•Forest products supply chain logistics and life cycle analysis
•Ecological guidelines and best management practices
•Resource assessment methods
•Water resources, quality, and designated uses
•Trade regulations and technical standards development
•Integrated environmental, economic and societal effects of bio-economies

Recent Citations:

Abbas, D., Handler, Hartsough, B., Dykstra, D., Lautala P., Hembroff 2014. A Survey Analysis of Forest Harvesting and Transportation Operations in Michigan. Croat. j. for. eng. 35(2014)

APLLU 2014. Science, Education and Outreach Roadmap for Natural Resources. APLU Road Map for Natural Resources 2014. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Prepared by the Board on Natural Resources Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate. Co-Author with 35 National Scientists. URL:

Handler, R. M. D.R. Shonnard, D. Abbas, P. Lautala, A. Srivastava. (2014) . Environmental impacts of roundwood supply chain options in Michigan: Life-cycle assessment of harvest and transport stages. Journal of Cleaner Production. 

Abbas, D., Handler, R. Dykstra, D. Hartsough, B. Lautala P. 2013. Cost Analysis of Forest Biomass Supply. J. For. Vol. 111, Number 4, 4 July 2013, pp. 271-281(11)

Abbas, D. and Arnosti, D. 2013. Economics and Logistics of Biomass Utilization: The Superior National Forest. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Vol. 32 (1-2) pp. 41-57

Abbas D., Current D., Phillips M., Rossman R., Brooks K. and Hoganson H. 2011. Guidelines for harvesting forest biomass for energy: A synthesis of environmental considerations, Biomass and Bioenergy (2011)

Abbas, D and Kim, J. (2011) Cost and Life Cycle Assessment of Forest Biomass. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research (in progress).

Abbas D., Current D., Ryans M., Taff S., Hoganson H., Brooks K. Harvesting forest biomass for energy: An alternative to conventional fuel treatments: Trials in the Superior National Forest, USA, Biomass and Bioenergy (2011)

Becker, D., R., S. M. McCaffrey, D. Abbas, K. E. Halvorsen, Pamela J. Jakes, and Cassandra Moseley. 2010. Conventional Wisdoms of Woody Biomass Utilization on Federal Public Lands. Journal of Forestry in press

Demchik, M.C., D. Abbas, D. Current, D. Arnosti, M. Theimer, and P. Johnson. 2009. Combining Biomass Harvest and Forest Fuel Reduction in the Superior National Forest, Minnesota. Journal of Forestry (107)5: 235-241.

Abbas, D. and Arnosti, Don 2009. Economics and Logistics of Biomass Utilization: The Superior National Forest. In The Future of Wood Bioenergy in the United States: Defining Sustainability, Status, Trends and Outlooks for Regional Development. White Paper. The Pinchot Institute, DC.

Under Development (2015 – 2016)

Abbas and Clatterbuck. Forest Harvesting Supply Logistics in Tennessee. 

Abbas et al. The Cost of the Supply of Pulpwood in Tennessee. 

Abbas and Handler. The Life Cycle Assessment of Wood Supply in Tennessee. 

Technical Reports

Dalia Abbas, Dutton, D, Canelon, Mulla, Nieber and Catalon 2010. Surface water quality Standards in Minnesota: Industrial, Irrigation, Wildlife and Livestock Uses. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 

Becker, D., Dalia Abbas, Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Pamela J. Jakes, Sarah M. McCaffrey,and Cassandra Moseley. 2009. Characterizing Lessons Learned from Federal Biomass Removal Projects. Joint Fire Science Program (USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management). JFSP Project 073208.

Abbas, D., Current , Brooks and Arnosti 2008. The Loggers’ Voice. In Arnosti., Abbas, Current and Demchick. June 2008. Harvesting Fuel: Cutting Costs and Reducing Forest Fire Hazards Through Biomass Harvest. Technical Report submitted to the USDA Forest Service 

D. Arnosti., D. Abbas, D. Current and M. Demchick. June 2008. Harvesting Fuel: Cutting Costs and Reducing Forest Fire Hazards Through Biomass Harvest. Technical Report submitted to the USDA Forest Service