Matthew H Langholtz

Matthew H Langholtz


Dr. Matthew Langholtz is a Natural Resource Economist in the Bioenergy Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is PI of the Resource Analysis Project at Oak Ridge National Lab.  His research interests include biomass resource economics, short-rotation woody crops, and bioenergy from forest resources. He has worked on valuation of non-market externalities, and developed biomass supply curves for commercial projects, the South, and the US. Dr. Langholtz received his PhD in Forest Economics from the University of Florida in 2005. His experience includes agroforestry extension in Latin America with the US Peace Corps, resource assessment for the Wood to Energy Outreach Program funded by the DOE and the USDA, and feedstock supply development with BioResource Management Inc.  He brings experience in both economic modeling of bioenergy systems and real-world application of cellulosic biomass crops in the Gulf South. 


U.S. Department of Energy. 2017. 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1. R. A. Efroymson, M. H. Langholtz, K.E. Johnson, and B. J. Stokes (Eds.), ORNL/TM-2016/727. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. 642p. doi 10.2172/1338837

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

Efroymson, Rebecca, Virginia Dale, Matthew H. Langholtz, Socioeconomic Indicators for Sustainable Production and Use of Algal Biofuels. Global Change Bioenergy. In review.

Langholtz, M., Andre Coleman, Mark Wigmosta, Laurence Eaton. Langholtz, M., Coleman, A., Eaton, L., Wigmosta, M., Evaluation of Potential Land Competition Between Open-Pond Micro Algae Production and Terrestrial Dedicated Feedstock Supply Systems.  Algal Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts. In review.

Hellwinckel, Chad, Christopher Clark, Matthew Langholtz, and Laurence Eaton. 2015. "Simulated impact of the renewable fuels standard on US Conservation Reserve Program enrollment and conversion."  GCB Bioenergy:n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12281.

Muth, David J., Jr., Matthew H. Langholtz, Eric C. D. Tan, Jacob J. Jacobson, Amy Schwab, May M. Wu, Andrew Argo, Craig C. Brandt, Kara G. Cafferty, Yi-Wen Chiu, Abhijit Dutta, Laurence M. Eaton, and Erin M. Searcy. 2014. "Investigation of thermochemical biorefinery sizing and environmental sustainability impacts for conventional supply system and distributed pre-processing supply system designs."  Biofuels Bioproducts & Biorefining-Biofpr 8 (4):545-567. doi: 10.1002/bbb.1483.

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. Langholtz, 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  (contributed economic analysis of feedstocks)

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 Letters, 8(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

Langholtz, M. H., Downing, M. E., Graham, R. L., Baker, F., Compere, A., Griffith, W., … Keller, M. (2014). Lignin-Derived Carbon Fiber as a Co-Product of Refining Cellulosic Biomass. SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf., 7(4), 115–121. doi:10.4271/2013-01-9092 

Langholtz, M. H., & Jacobson, M. (2013). The Economic Availability of Woody Biomass Feedstocks in the Northeast. In M. Jacobson & D. Ciolkosz (Eds.), Wood-Based Energy in the Northern Forests (pp. 27–50). New York, NY: Springer. 

Dale, Virginia H., Rebecca A. Efroymson, Keith L. Kline, Matthew H. Langholtz, Paul N. Leiby, Gbadebo A. Oladosu, Maggie R. Davis, Mark E. Downing, and Michael R. Hilliard. 2013. "Indicators for assessing socioeconomic sustainability of bioenergy systems: A short list of practical measures."  Ecological Indicators 26:87-102. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.10.014.

Langholtz, M., Graham, R., Eaton, L., Perlack, R., Hellwinkel, C., De La Torre Ugarte, D., 2012.  Price projections of feedstocks for biofuels and biopower in the U.S.  Energy Policy.

Webb, Erin, Matthew H. Langholtz, et al. Utilizing resources of the Oak Ridge Reservation to promote forest health and supply wood chips to the ORNL biomass steam plant. ORNL/TM-2011/525. Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.2011.

Langholtz, Matthew  H., et al. Demonstration of the BioBaler harvesting system for collection of small-diameter woody biomass. ORNL/TM-2011/524. Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.2011.

Downing, Mark, Matthew H. Langholtz et al. U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry. ORNL/TM-2011/224. Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.2011.

Turhollow, Anthony, Bob Perlack, Matthew H. Langholtz , et al. Energy Crops Cost Database. ORNL/TM-2011/223. Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.2011.

Langholtz, M., Carter, D., Rockwood, D., Alavalapati, J. R. R., 2009.  The Influence of CO2 Mitigation Incentives on Profitability of Eucalyptus Production on Clay Settling Areas in Florida.  Biomass and Bioenergy. 33(5), pp. 785-792.

Langholtz, M., Carter, D., Rockwood, D., Alavalapati, J. R. R., 2007. The Economic Feasibility of Reclaiming Phosphate Mined Lands With Short-Rotation Woody Crops in Florida. Journal of Forest Economics. 12, pp. 237-249.

Langholtz, M., Carter, D., and Schroeder, R., (In Review) The Economic Availability of Woody Biomass, in Wood to Energy: Utilizing Interface Fuels for Bioenergy, USDA Forest Service GTR-132.

Langholtz, M., Carter, D., Marsik, M., and Schroeder, R., 2006. Application of ArcGIS Network Analyst to Assess the Economic Availability of Renewable Biomass for Energy, ArcUser, Vol. 9, No. 4, October-December Edition, pp. 22-25.  Online at

Rockwood, D., Carter, D., Langholtz, M., Stricker, J., 2006. Eucalyptus and Populus Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phosphate Mined Lands in Florida USA. Biomass and Bioenergy.  30, 8, pp. 728-734.

Langholtz, M., Carter, D., Rockwood, D. L., Alavalapati, J. R. R., Green, A.., 2005. Effect of Dendroremediation Incentives on the Profitability of Short-Rotation Woody Cropping of Eucalyptus grandis. Forest Policy and Economics. 7, 5, pp. 806-817.

Langholtz, M., 2005, Economic and Environmental Analysis of Tree Crops on Marginal Lands in Florida.  1-155, PhD Dissertation, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida.

Hodges, A., Degner, R., Carter, D., Stevens, T., Langholtz, M., Morgan, K.. 2005. Market Enhancement for Small Diameter Timber in Florida. University of Florida, IFAS.

Smith, W., Hermansen, A., Najafi, F., Rockwood, D., Langholtz, M., Toros, A., Multidisciplinary Academic Demonstration of a Biomass Alliance with Natural Gas” Proc (2004) ICEE conf. Gainesville FL.

Breuer, N., Langholtz, M., Using Seasonal Climate Variability Forecasts to Plan Forest Plantation Establishment, Florida Cooperative Extension Service Document ABE354, 2004.