Thomas Blaine, PhD

Thomas Blaine, PhD
Associate Professor
Agricultural Administration Building, Suite 3, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH 43210
Degree Information: 
PhD in Natural Resource Economics, University of Kentucky
MS in Agricultural Marketing, University of Kentucky
BA in Political Science, University of Kentucky
Economic Development

Thomas W. Blaine hails from Russell, Kentucky – a portion of the “tri-state area” where the Bluegrass State meets West Virginia and Ohio.

He has three degrees from the University of Kentucky: a BA in Political Science, an MS in Marketing and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics. He was a member of the graduate faculty at Texas A&M University before joining Ohio State University Extension in 1995.

While at Texas A&M he taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in research methods. These courses combined materials typically found in two diverse areas of instruction: statistics and the philosophy of science. He also taught courses in natural resource conservation and socio-economic issues in recreation and tourism.

As a natural resource/environmental economist, he conducts research and develops educational materials that deal with the economic dimensions of environmental issues ranging from global climate change to recycling, preservation of farmland and green space, protection/improvement of Lake Erie water quality, and local food production and consumption in areas referred to as “food deserts.”

He has published extensively in the Journal of Extension where he has served as a peer reviewer since 2007. He has also served as a reviewer for Environmental Management and the Journal of Environmental Management and currently reviews for Landscape and Urban Planning and Applied Geography. He has served as editor for the quarterly newsletter of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) since 2011. He has made presentations on global climate change and methods of measuring public opinion on environmental topics in South America and Eastern Europe, and to the US Navy.

And for fun, he enjoys playing Medieval and Renaissance music, stargazing and powerlifting.

Additional Information: 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental/Natural Resource Economics
  • Land Use

Curriculum Vitae 

Curriculum Vitae - Thomas Blaine


Blaine, T.W. (2020). Global Climate Change: Update 2020. Fact sheet available on Ohioline at:

Blaine, T.W., Lichtkoppler, F.R. (2016). Factors Affecting Stakeholders' Willingness to Pay to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species. Journal of Extension, Volume 54, Number 6, 6FEA5.

Bowen-Ellzey, N., Moss, M., Blaine, T. W. (2015). Creating a Model for Successful Microenterprise Development (MED) ProgramsJournal of Extension, Volume 53, Number 1, 1FEA7.

Blaine, T. W., Lichtkoppler, F. R., Bader, T. J., Hartman, T. J., Lucente, J. E. (2015). An examination of sources of sensitivity of consumer surplus estimates in travel cost modelsJournal of Environmental Management, Volume 151, pp. 427-436.

Blaine, T. W., Moss, M., Cumming, J., Myers, J. W. (2013). Comprehensive Land Use Planning in Exurban Communities: A Case Study from OhioJournal of Extension, Volume 51, Number 5, 5RIB5.

Project Idea Starters 

Climate Change


Urban and Rural Food Desert Studies: Slide Presentation  /  YouTube video

OSU Extension Annual Conference Presentation (12/04/2013): Publish Your Work in Peer Reviewed Journals!