Robert Abt is professor emeritus at NC State University where he taught natural resource management and forest economics. He has a business degree from Georgia Tech, a master’s in forestry from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in forest economics from UC Berkeley. His work focuses on the potential impact of bio-energy demand on forest carbon and wood product markets. He has provided analyses on this topic to the National Academy of Sciences, EPA Science Advisory Board, US Energy Department, International Energy Agency and the USDA Forest Service. As a consultant, he has provided analyses for NGOs such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Environmental Law Center, and corporations including Drax and Enviva.