Roger Brown, Ph.D

Professional Profile


2010 -date

Senior Lecturer, Agricultural Economics Department, University of Kentucky

2005 - 2010

Lecturer, Agricultural Economics Department, University of Kentucky

2002 - 2004

Instructor, Economics Department, Auburn University


Instructor, English Department, Southern Community College, Tuskegee, AL


2002 -date

Consultant, Land-use / Environmental Dispute Resolution

Negotiate resolutions to complex, multi-party land-use disputes involving private individuals, government agencies, and corporate / non-governmental organizations.Issues addressed include: severed property rights, unclear boundary descriptions,absentee land owners, trespass, unclear statutory language, prescriptive easements,conservation easements, adverse possession, unclear regulatory expectations, and others. Intermittent work. Mostly volunteer.


Consultant, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

Conducted forest surveys; analyzed soil maps, aerial photos, and topographic maps; prepared GIS boundary and cover maps, co-authored report on natural resource assessment for Horseshoe Bend National Military Park; 250 hours total.

1992 - 1998

Counselor / Director, Life Adventure Camp, Lexington, Kentucky

Trained 85 adults and hundreds of at-risk youth how to resolve conflicts fairly, cooperatively and non-violently in a primitive wilderness setting; seasonal, full-time; 22 months cumulative experience; 12 months supervisory experience.

1995 - 1996

AmeriCorps Member, Community Action Council, Lexington, Kentucky

Designed and directed award-winning incentive-based, outdoor education and adventure program that reduced behavior problems and truancy among at-risk elementary school students; full-time, 12 months.



Co-Instructor, AEC 300: Rural and Ag-Based Tourism Course, Panama

(10 days) Designed, developed, and co-taught undergraduate course in rural and ag-based tourism (18 students from three majors) that included a required field trip Panama.


Volunteer, Remote Area Veterinary Services, Peten, Guatemala

(3 weeks) Worked with 25 veterinary students and 4 veterinarians from the Humane Society of the United States to deworm, vaccinate, castrate, spay, and neuter horses, cattle, dogs, cats, etc. in a third-world environment with limited resources and basic equipment.


Volunteer, Quito, Ecuador

(4 months) Self-initiated service work; designed and evaluated micro-enterprise projects for Ecuadorian non-profit organization; worked at eco-tourism lodge in Amazonian rainforest; worked as an EMT in Quito with Cruz Roja (Red Cross).


Representative, Auckland, New Zealand

(11 months) Served as “goodwill ambassador” for local Rotary Club (Lexington, KY). Gave presentations about Kentucky to civic groups throughout New Zealand.


Researcher, Western Europe

(4 months) Conducted interviews in Hamburg for comparative study of secondary schools in Germany and Kentucky (1 month), studied theater in London (1 month), studied German in Boppard, Germany (1 month), and analyzed depictions of cooperation and teamwork in 17th through 19th century maritime paintings in 10 Western European countries (1 month)


2012 Nominee,

Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Office of Student Involvement, UK, award requires student nomination.

2011 Nominee,

Master Teacher Award, Gamma Sigma Delta, College of Agriculture, UK, award based on classroom techniques and effectiveness and other criteria.

2006 Recipient,

Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award, College of Agriculture Student Council, University of Kentucky, award given to faculty who interact easily with students and who convey course materials in easily understandable ways

1996 Recipient,

Sullivan Medallion, New York Southern Society, national award recognizing outstanding academic achievement, campus leadership, exemplary character, and community service



USDA/CSREES, Precision Agriculture and Precision Resource Management, “A Spatial Analysis of Equine Trail Riding.” Co-PI, amount awarded: $66,650


Peaks of Excellence Fellowship, Auburn University, 4 years of graduate funding


Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary International, study abroad, $23,000


Traveling Scholars Grant (two awards), University of Kentucky, $1,500 total


Theater Study Scholarship, English Speaking Union, $4,200


Zolondek Museum Study Scholarship, University of Kentucky, $1,800


CZECH, B., J. H. MILLS BUSA, AND R. M. BROWN. 2012. “Effects of economic growth on biodiversity in the United States.” Natural Resources Forum. 36: 160–166.

BROWN, R. M., AND D. N. LABAND. 2006. “Applicability of Research Findings to Conservation Policy.”Conservation Biology. 21: 549-551.

BROWN, R. M., AND D. N. LABAND. 2006. “Species Imperilment and Spatial Patterns of Development in the United States.” Conservation Biology. 20: 239-244.

BROWN, R. M., AND D. ZHANG. 2005. “Supply Elasticity Estimates for Disaggregated Paper Products: A Primal Approach.”Forest Science. 51: 570-577.

BROWN, R. M., AND D. ZHANG. 2005. “The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Impact on U.S. South Stumpage Markets.”Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35: 2056-2064.


Brown, R. 2011. “From MegaStudy to Plato’s List: Emerging Markets in Distance Learning.”Presentation given at 16th Annual UK Economics Teaching Workshop, Lexington, KY. April 23.

FLEMING, R. A., A. PAGOULATOS, R. JOHNSON, AND R. BROWN. 2006. “The Effect of Public Substitutes on Willingness to Accept Compensation for Access to Private Land.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting (W1133) of the Western Regional Committee on Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, San Antonio, TX. February 22-25.

BROWN, R. M. AND D. ZHANG. 2003. “Econometric Analysis of United States Paper Supply: 1981 to 2001.” p. 40-46. in Proceedings of the 2003 Southern Forest Economics Workers Annual Meeting. Moffat, S. O. (ed.). New Orleans, LA.


Committee Memberships

2013 - date Member, Senate Academic Organization and Structure Committee, UK.

2013 -date Member, Senate Distance Learning and e-Learning Committee, UK.

2013 -date Member, University Senate, elected position, UK.

2012 -date Member, Agriculture Faculty Council, elected position, UK.

2005 -date Member, Undergraduate Committee, Agricultural Economics Department, UK.

2012 - 2013 Member, Senate ad hoc Committee on Best Practices for Distance Learning, UK.


2013 Presentation, “Teaching with Technology,” Teaching Assistant Orientation; College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment; UK, 80+ participants, August 26.

2013 Guest Lecture, “The Future of the e-Learning Economy,” invited by Dr. Bill Rayens to present to graduate students in his STA 600 class, UK, October 15.

2012 Presentation, “Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism,” “Brown Bag” lunch discussion series, Agricultural Economics Department, UK, September 5.

2012 Panel Member, discussion on “Social Media” for Social Media Week, UK, April 9.

2012 Panel Member, discussion on “Distance Learning / Faculty Impact”, GS 630, organized by Connie Baird, Director of Distance Learning, UK, March 20.

2011 Presentation, “Lower Cost, Higher Quality: Competition in Online Education and Its Effects.” UK, College of Agriculture, Panel Discussion, May 11.

2011 Presentation, “Radio-Style Call-In Shows.” Presentation given at College of Arts and Sciences, Teaching and Technology Fair, University of Kentucky, May 9.


2011 -date Member, Board of Directors, Life Adventure Center, community non-profit organization, Versailles, Kentucky.

2011 -date Faculty Advisor, Wildcat Service Dogs, student organization, UK.

2010 -date Faculty Advisor, Bass Fishing Club, student organization, UK.

2008 -date Faculty Advisor, Polo Team (Men’s and Women’s), student organization, UK.




Doctor of Philosophy

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

FOCUS AREA: Forest economics, management, and policy


Masters of Public Administration

School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky

FOCUS AREA: Non-profit finance and management


Masters of Planning

School of Architecture, Property, and Planning, Auckland University

FOCUS AREA: Sustainable development and dispute resolution


Masters of Arts

School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky

FOCUS AREA: Environmental law and international relations


Bachelor of Arts

Department of English, University of Kentucky

FOCUS AREA: English literature



International Seminar on Protected Area Management, USDA Forest Service

This three-week course included senior-level managers of nationally significant protected areas worldwide. Invited participants evaluated policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both communities and natural resources.


Mediation Certification, Mediation Center of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Completed 32-hour professional mediation training and co-mediated personal injury and environmental disputes.


German, Göethe Institute, Boppard, Germany

Completed 2-month German language course, including final exam demonstrating basic reading, writing, and speaking proficiency.

Areas of Interest