Arkansas Center for Forest Business

Arkansas Center for Forest Business: Staff & Contact Information


Dr. Matthew Pelkki is a Professor and George Clippert Chair of Forestry in the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources.  He has been at UAM since 2001.  Dr. Pelkki’s teaching and research work involves forest-based economic development, forest management, and forest products and markets.

(870) 460-1949


Dr. Nana Tian is an Assistant Professor of Forest Economics in the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources.  She has been at UAM since 2019 and previously worked as the Forest Economist for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Dr. Tian’s teaching and research involves forest economics and policy, private landowner certification and forest management, and valuation of natural resources.

(870) 460-1894

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Rebecca Montgomery is an Economic Analyst with the Center for Forest Business.  Ms. Montgomery has a BS and MS in Forestry from the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources and has work experience with the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, the Arkansas Division of Forestry, the Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters, and as a consulting forester.


Dr. Pradip Saud is an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Biometrics with the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.  Dr. Saud has expertise in forest growth and yield modelling, long-term forest monitoring for productivity changes, and evaluation of forest structure for wildlife habitat management.

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Ana Gutierrez is an Economics Research Assistant in the ACFB.  She has 6 years of experience in economics and business administration working with private forest landowners, statistical analysis, financial modeling, forest inventory and growth and yield modeling, GIS, and data analysis.



Dr. Sagar Godar Chhetri is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas, Monticello. Dr. Chhetri has expertise in econometric and geospatial modeling in the forestry sector, designing and developing mail surveys, assessing the effects of forest taxation on landowners’ behaviors, and evaluating forest management practices and costs associated with it. He is also interested in integrating social, economic, and ecological aspects in managing the forestlands in a sustainable approach at the landscape level. In addition, he has more than five years of working experience in forestry-related projects related to forest carbon inventory, forest certification, climate change, REDD programs, payment for ecosystem services, and sustainable forest management.

Office: 870-460-1294