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
ENVS 3100 - Topics in Applied Environmental Studies
Covers a variety of topics not currently offered in the curriculum; offered depending upon instructor availability and student demand. Fulfills application requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours, provided topics vary. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000.
ENVS 6302 - Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Livelihoods
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Examines rural transformation and the adoption of recreation economies in communities across the U.S. West in response to burgeoning recreation industry and interest in public lands. Students will evaluate different approaches for developing and managing recreation economies in small towns that consider diverse social, cultural, economic, and environmental constraints as well as opportunities in a time of rapid change. Project-based course. Students learn techniques to gather and synthesize data that support solution development.