Laurence M Eaton

Laurence M Eaton

Natural Resource and Environmental Economist


Laurence is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on the large-scale modeling of forestry and agricultural resources for new industrial uses of biomass. His analysis has contributed to both regional and national assessments of biomass supply strategies, focusing on the estimation of supply curves from multiple sources at high spatial resolution. He has worked with an extensive network of agronomists and climate scientists to estimate yields of novel energy crops for biofuels, biopower and bioproducts through the DOE-funded Sun Grant Regional Feedstock Partnership. 

He received a bachelors degree in economics and environmental studies from Washington and Lee University in 2005 and a masters in economics from the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2008. In 2015, he served on detail to the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies office supporting the Feedstock Supply and Logistics R&D platform and continues to serve in the Interagency Working Group on Feedstock alongside researchers from multiple federal agencies.


Science Serving Society Award, Environmetal Sciences Division, 2017

Community Sustainability Award, Sustainable Campus Initiative, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2012


U.S. Department of Energy. 2016. 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 1: Economic Availability of FeedstocksM. H. Langholtz, B. J. Stokes, and L. M. Eaton (Leads), ORNL/TM-2016/160. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. 448p.

Langholtz, M.H. Eaton, L. M., Turhollow, A., & Hilliard, M. R. (2014). 2013 Feedstock Supply and Price Projections and Sensitivity Analysis. Biofuels Bioproducts & Biorefining-Biofpr, 8(4). doi:10.1002/bbb.1489  (lead analyst and author)

Turhollow, Anthony, R.D. Perlack, Laurence M. Eaton, Matthew H. Langoltz, Craig C. Brandt, Mark E. Downing, Lynn Wright, Kenneth E. Skog, Chad M. Hellwinckel, Bryce Stokes, and Patricia Lebow. 2014. "The updated billion-ton resource assessment."  Biomass and Bioenergy 70:15.

Dale, Virginia H., Matthew H. Langholtz, Beau M. Wesh, and Laurence M. Eaton. 2013. "Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators for Bioenergy Sustainability as Applied to Eucalyptus."  International Journal of Forestry Research 2013:10. doi: 10.1155/2012/215276.

Argo, A. M., Tan, E. C., Inman, D., Langholtz, M.H., Eaton, L. M., Jacobson, J. J., … Graham, R. L. (2013). Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and environmental sustainability impacts for conventional bale system and advanced uniform biomass logistics designs. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 7(3), 282–302. doi:10.1002/bbb.1391  

Clark, C. M., Lin, Y., Bierwagen, B. G., Eaton, L. M., Langholtz, M.H., Morefield, P. E., … Bush, B. W. (2013). Growing a sustainable biofuels industry: economics, environmental considerations, and the role of the Conservation Reserve Program. Environmental Research Letters8(2), 025016. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/025016

Langholtz, Matthew; Webb, Erin; Preston, Benjamin; Turhollow, Anthony; Breuer, Norman; Eaton, Laurence; King, Anthony; Sokhansanj, Shahabaddine; Nair, Sujithkumar; Downing M. Advancing Climate Risk Management for the U.S. Cellulosic Biofuels Supply Chain. Clim Risk Manag. 1–20. doi:10.1016/j.crm.2014.05.001

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