Joel’s work couples the use of geospatial technologies, forestry, and social science. He works in interdisciplinary teams that involve scientists and practitioners from a variety of fields, institutions, and countries. His interest is to learn how rural landscapes change and adapt to coupled social and ecological change. Joel is the lead investigator of the Communities and Forests in Oregon (CAFOR) project that examines social and ecological change in the working landscapes of eastern Oregon. Joel’s international work focuses on the Albertine Rift, a biodiversity hotspot in Africa that is threatened by the growing human population. Since 2003, he has been working primarily in Uganda. He leads the Population, Environment, and Climate in the Albertine Rift (PECAR) project which examines the interaction of demographic change, human-wildlife interaction, climate change and variability, and livelihoods in protected area landscapes.
land systems science, landscape change, human-environment interactions, protected areas, Sub-Saharan Africa, human livelihoods, conservation, natural resource management