My research uses economic analysis and operations research modeling techniques to address forest resource management issues such as: forest products market forecasting, analysis of resource-dependent local economies, the role of forestry in international development, forest harvest scheduling, protected area management, non-market valuation, the impact of climate change on fire control, structure survival in large urban-wildland fires, and wildland fire protection planning.
Ph.D. Forestry/Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
B.S. Forestry, Michigan State University, 1978
Castillo, F. and J.K. Gilless. 2013. â€œClimate Change, Extreme Events and Migration: A Framework of Researchâ€. In Costa Rica in the Third Millennium: Proposals for the Reduction of Vulnerability. Adamson, Marcos and Castillo, Eds. Editorial Luz. San Jose, Costa Rica.
Gilless, J.K. and R.C. Smith. 2012. Management Response To Eroding Wildland Buffers Between Developed And Protected Areas Through Education And Collaborative Planning Efforts. George Wright Forum 29(2): 236-245.
Gilless, J.K., Smith, R.C., and D. Davis. 2011. Long-term Interagency Fire Safe Council Commitment to Fire-adapted Communities: Lessons From The Bull Fire. Fire Management Today 71(4):34-37.
Smith, R.C. and J.K. Gilless. 2011. Institutional Obstacles to Success in Implementing a Statewide Community-Based Fire Planning Mandate. California Journal of Politics and Policy 3(1): Article 12.
Lever, Christopher C. and J. Keith Gilless. 2008. Stepping Outside the Boundary: Community Building at Yosemite National Park, George Wright Forum 25(3):58-69.
Fried, J.S., Gilless, J.K., Riley, W.J., Moody, T.J., Simon, C., Hayhoe, K., Moritz, M., Stephens, S., & M. Torn. 2008. Predicting the effect of climate change on wildfire behavior and initial attack success. Climatic Change 87 (Supplement 1):193-213.
Battles, J.J., Robarts, T., Das, A.,Waring, K., Gilless, J.K., Schurr, F., LeBlanc, J., Biging, G., and C. Simon. 2008. Climate impact on forest resources. Climatic Change 87 (Supplement 1):251-264.
Gilless, J.K. 2007. What deforestation? California Forests 11(2):14-15.
Oâ€™Hanley, J.R., Church, R.L., and J.K. Gilless. 2007. The importance of in situ site loss in nature reserve selection: Balancing notions of complimentarity and robustness. Biological Conservation 135(1):170-180.
Oâ€™Hanley, J.R., Church, R.L., and J.K. Gilless. 2007. Locating and protecting critical reserve sites to minimize expected and worst-case losses. Biological Conservation 134(1):130-141.
Fried, J.S., Gatziolis, D., Gilless, J.K., Vogt, C.A. , and G. Winter. 2006. A prescription for fostering support for fuel treatments at the wildland urban interface: Change beliefs, build trust. Fire Management Today 66(3):51-54.
Fried, J.S., Gilless, J.K., and J. Spero. 2006. Analysing initial attack on wildland fires using stochastic simulation. International Journal of Wildland Fire 15:137-146.
Fried, J.S., Gilless, J.K., Riley, W.J., Moody, T.J., Simon de Blas, C., Hayhoe, K., Moritz, M., Stephens, S., and M. Torn. 2006. Predicting the effect of climate change on wildfire severity and outcomes in California: Preliminary analysis. California Climate Change Center White Paper CEC-500-2005-196-SF.
Battles, J.J., Robarts, T., Das, A.,Waring, K., Gilless, J.K., Schurr, F., LeBlanc, J., Biging, G., and C. Simon. 2006. Climate impact on forest resources. California Climate Change Center White Paper CEC-500-2005-193-SF.
Buongiorno, Joseph and J. Keith Gilless. 2003. Decision methods for forest resource management. Amsterdam ; Boston, Mass.: Academic Press.
Gilless, J.K., and J.S. Fried. 2000. Generating beta random variables from probabilistic estimates of fireline production time. Annals of Operations Research 95:205-215.
Barrett, T.M., J.K. Gilless, and L.S. Davis. 2000. Even-aged restrictions with sub-graph adjacency. Annals of Operations Research 95:159-175.
Gilless, J.K., and J.S. Fried. 1999. Stochastic representation of fire behavior in a wildland fire protection planning model for California. Forest Science 45(4):492-499.
Fried, J.S., G.J. Winter, and J.K. Gilless. 1999. Assessing the benefits of reducing fire risk in the wildland-urban interface: A contingent valuation approach. International Journal of Wildland Fire 9(1):9-20.
Fried, J.S., and J.K. Gilless. 1999. The California Fire Economics Simulator Version 2 Users Guide. University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication 21580.
Barrett, T.M., J.K. Gilless, and L.S. Davis. 1998. Economic and fragmentation effects of clearcut restrictions. Forest Science 44(4):569-577.
Committee on Prospects and Opportunites for Sustainable Management of AmericaÃs Nonfederal Forests, Board on Agriculture, National Research Council. 1997. Forested landscapes in perspective: Prospects and opportunities for sustainable management of AmericaÃs nonfederal forests. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 206 pages.
Sullivan, J., and J.K. Gilless. 1996. Assessing public timber harvest impacts in a mixed public/private stumpage market. INFOR 34(3):198-208.
Holland, D.N., R.J. Lilieholm, D.W. Roberts, and J.K. Gilless. 1994. Economic trade-offs of managing forests for timber production and vegetative diversity. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 24(6):1260-1265.
Chandrakanth, M.G., and J.K. Gilless, V. Gowramma, and M.G. Nagaraja. 1990. Temple forests in India's forest development. Agroforestry Systems. 11(3):199-211.
Sullivan, J., and J.K. Gilless. 1990. Hybrid-econometric/input-output modeling of the cumulative economic impact of national forest harvest levels. Forest Science 36(4):863-877.
Fried, J.S., and J.K. Gilless. 1989. Expert opinion estimation of fireline production rates. Forest Science 35(3):870-877.
Sullivan, J., and J.K. Gilless. 1989. Cumulative employment effects on Northern California's wood products industries from National Forest timber sales. Forest Science 35(3):856-862.
Jamnick, M.S., and J.K. Gilless. 1989. Use of sensitivity analysis to guide primary data collection efforts in the construction of "mongrel" input-output models. Forest Science 35(1):237-244.
Fried, J.S., and J.K. Gilless. 1988. Stochastic representation of fire occurrence in a wildland fire protection planning model for California. Forest Science 34(4)948-959.
1996-2006 S.J. Hall Chair in Forest Economics
2006 ESPM Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
1992 PG&E Award for Research Excellence in Wildlands
1998 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award