Stephen Prisley, Ph.D.

Principal Research Scientist
Office Location: Independent – Roanoke, VA


Dr. Steve Prisley is a forest biometrician/economist with over 30 years of experience in the forest industry, academia, and government. He managed forest resource information systems for 15 years for two integrated paper companies and was a professor of forest inventory and GIS at Virginia Tech. He also developed and led the Center for Natural Resource Assessment and Decision Support (CeNRADS) in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Steve has been an active member of the Society of American Foresters and has participated in numerous advisory committees and panels for the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program.


PhD. in Forestry, Virginia Tech
Masters in Forest Biometrics, Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Forest Management, Virginia Tech

Research capabilities and/or focus areas

  • Forest inventory and forest carbon assessments
  • Analysis of spatial uncertainty
  • Forest informatics for strategic forest planning

Awards and Career Highlights

  • Dean’s Advisory Council, Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Society of American Foresters Forest Science and Technology Board
  • Board of Directors for the Institute of Forest Biosciences
  • Lead author for two IPCC special reports
  • Received certificate for contribution to IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
Phone: (540) 808-8022