Department: W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation
University System: University of Montana - Missoula
My teaching and research focus on the social aspects of conservation and natural resource management, with an emphasis on agricultural communities and public lands in the Northern Rockies. I’m interested in the ways in which private landowners, rural communities, and land management institutions navigate change. I often examine the intersections between ecological change, natural resource management, rural livelihoods, and governance innovations. Most of my current research focuses on climate adaptation and the food, energy, and water nexus.
My current research projects include:
I currently direct the interdisciplinary Resource Conservation major, the Montana Drought and Climate project, and the NSF-funded UM BRIDGES graduate training program. I also co-direct the Community Vulnerability Working Group, a collaboration with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.