Melissa M. Kreye, Ph.D.

Melissa M. Kreye, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management
334 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Social and economic values associated with private forests, including wildlife, carbon sequestration and water resources


  • Ph.D., Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2014)
  • M.S., Fisheries: Wastewater Utilization, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (2008)
  • B.S., Fisheries Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (2004)

Select Research Publications

M. Kreye, Rimsaite, R., & Adams, D. C. (2019). Public Attitudes about Private Forest Management and Government Involvement in the Southeastern United States. Forests, 10(9), 776.

M. Kreye, D.C. Adams and J. Kline (2019). Gaining Voter Support for Watershed Protection. Land Use Policy, 89, 104227

M. Kreye, D.C. Adams and H.K. Ober (2018) “Protecting Imperiled Wildlife Species on Private Lands: Forest Owner Values and Response to Government Interventions", Ecological Economics, 149: 254-264.

M. Kreye, Pienaar, E. F., Soto, J. R., & Adams, D. C. (2017). Creating Voluntary Payment Programs: Effective Program Design and Ranchers' Willingness to Conserve Florida Panther Habitat. Land Economics, 93(3), 459-480.

M. Kreye, E. F. Pienaar and A. E. Adams (2016) “The Role of Community Identity in Cattlemen Response to Florida Panther Recovery Efforts", Society and Natural Resources, 1-16.

M. Kreye, D. C. Adams, F. J. Escobedo and J. R. Soto (2016) “Does Policy Process Influence Public Values for Forest-Water Resource Protection in Florida?", Ecological Economics, 129: 122-131.

M. Kreye, and E. F. Pienaar (2015) “A Critical Review of Efforts to Protect Florida Panther Habitat on Private Lands", Land Use Policy, 48:428-436.

M. Kreye, D. C. Adams, and F. J. Escobedo (2014) “The Value of Forest Conservation for Water Quality Protection", Forests 5(5): 862-884.

Select Extension Publications

Carbon and Climate

How Forest Carbon Programs Work: Two Case Studies, Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.

Carbon Markets 101, Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.

How Forests Store Carbon, Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.

Pennsylvania's Potential for Reducing Carbon Emissions using Private Forests, Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.

Policy and Outreach

Interest in Understanding Ecosystem Service Values by Conservation Professionals in the Northeastern US, Connect

Communicating with Natural Resource Stakeholders through Strategic Messaging, Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.

Tips for Measuring Impact in Environmental Education and Outreach. Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.

M. Kreye, D. Adams, R. Ghimire, W. Morse, T. Stein, and M. Bowker (2017). “Forest Ecosystem Services and Cultural Values", In E. O. Sills, S. E. Moore, F. W. Cubbage, K. D. McCarter, T. Holmes, and E. Mercer (Eds.), Trees At Work: Economic Accounting for Forest Ecosystem Services in the U.S. South (pp 103). Ashville, NC, Southern Research Station.

Forest and Wildlife Management

Understanding the Value of Wildlife in Pennsylvania, Penn State Extension Article.

Why Do Unplanned or Poorly Planned Timber Harvests Occur?, Penn State Extension Article.

Prescribed Fire: Does it have a place on my land?, Penn State Extension Article.

Water Resource Protection

Voter Behavior Toward Natural Areas Protection, Penn State Extension Article.

Public Demand for Forest Conservation and Water Protection in PA, Pennsylvania State University Extension Article.