—Anonymous mushroom collector
- PhD, Forestry, University of Wisconsin
- MA, Economics, University of Wisconsin
- BS, Natural Resources (Majors: Forestry and Soil Science), University of Wisconsin
Community Economics and Development
My graduate interests includes the economics of rural communities and how forests, the natural environment and forest management activities contribute to these communities. I work with graduate students and VISTA, Conservation Legacy, and the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows programs to facilitate stronger communities in areas that are recovering from the environmental and economic damage from historic mining activities and more broadly to improve quality of life in rural areas.
Many of my publications are in applied ethnobotany and I currently teach an upper-level
undergraduate course in ethnobotany that has a focus on global understanding.
I also serve as faculty advisor to the Nordic Ski Club, a large student organization with over 600 members. It snows in Houghton and the university owns two great facilities – Mont Ripley for downhill (plus snowboarding) and Tech Trails for Nordic skiing – so students can take advantage of the great winter environment.
Areas of Expertise
- Community Economics
- Forest economics
- Land use in the Upper Peninsula
Ploetz, K.*, and B. Orr. 2004. Wild herb use in Bulgaria. Economic Botany 58(2):231-241.
Jarvis, MC**, AM Miller**, J Sheahan**, K Ploetz*, J Ploetz*, RR Watson**, MP Ruiz**, CAP Villapan**, JG Alvarado**, AL Ramirez, & B Orr. 2005. Edible wild mushrooms of the Cofre de Perote Region, Veracruz, Mexico: an ethnomycological study of common names and uses. Economic Botany. 58(Supplement):S111-S115.
Jones, Michael J.*, and B. Orr. 2007. Resin Tapping and Forest Cooperatives in Honduras. J. of Sustainable Forestry 22(3/4):135-169.
Aragona, F.B.*, and B. Orr. 2011. Agricultural intensification, monoculture and economic failure: The case of onion production in the Tipajara Watershed on the eastern slope of the Bolivian Andes. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. 35(5):467-492. DOI: 10.1080/10440046.2011.579832
Fox, M.M.*, S.J. Trull, and B. Orr. 2012, Effect of Selection Logging on Carex assiniboinensis W. Boott in a Northern Hardwood Stand Michigan Botanist. 51(3):110-116. (dated 2012, published 2013)
Kenny, A.L.*, J.B. Pickens, and B. Orr. 2014. Modeling Teak Introduction on Smallholder Farms in Southern Togo. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 33(8):776-795.
Sterling, S.J.**, and B. Orr. 2014. Patterns of tree distribution in small communities of the Sudanian Savana-Sahel. Land 3(4):1284-1292.
Goltz, S.M., A.L. Mayer, and B. Orr. (2020). Applied behavior analysis as a development tool: Examples from agroforestry. [Graeme Review] Journal of Sustainable Forestry.