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Professor Mark Brunson

Mark W. Brunson Associate DirectorDepartment of Environment & Society Utah State University (435) 797-2458

Mark Brunson is an environmental scientist whose work applies methods from both the social and ecological sciences to understand the complex dynamics of human-environment interactions. His work focuses on the causes and consequences of human behaviors in deserts and rangelands, as well as how ecological processes and conditions influence human activities. Current studies investigate how social and institutional factors interact with biological invasions and climate to influence the success of restoration projects following wildfire, how soil-disturbing activities such as recreation travel affect plant fitness and invasion susceptibility, and how cultural and economic factors interact with environmental factors to influence perceptions of wildfire risk and willingness to take steps to reduce risk. 

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Paul M. Jakus Associate DIrectorDepartment of Applied EconomicsUtah State University Paul.Jakus@usu.edu

Dr. Jakus’ research has been focused on valuation of non-market goods and regional economics. His primary research emphases have been on recreation economics, the economics of risk, and household level recycling. Topics of his research have included the economic value of fluctuating reservoir water levels, the value of improving water quality at recreation areas, and households’ willingness to pay for recycling. His risk-related research includes studies that estimate the costs to anglers and consumers of fish consumption advisories associated with mercury and PCBs, and household decisions to protect themselves from arsenic pollution of drinking water. Dr. Jakus has investigated the impacts of restricting access to public lands by rock climbers and OHV enthusiasts and, more recently, changes in access to public lands by ranchers. His current research involves linking public lands ownership to county-level economic growth and development.

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Richard S. Krannich DirectorDepartment of Sociology, Social Work, and AnthropologyUtah State University Richard.Krannich@usu.edu

Dr. Krannich’s research focuses generally on the social implications of natural resource use, development and management, with a primary emphasis on resource and environmental issues affecting non-metropolitan areas of the Intermountain West region of the United States. Currently he is engaged in research focusing on the implications of changes in resource-based economies for social organization and social well-being in western rural communities, and is also involved in a study examining the social implications of utility-scale renewable energy system developments throughout the western region.

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Ryan BosworthAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied EconomicsUtah State Universityryan.bosworth@usu.edu

RYAN BOSWORTH, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics at Utah State University. He received his PhD from the University of Oregon in 2006. He has also received MS and BS degrees in Economics from Utah State University. He specializes in applied micro-econometrics and has research interests in environmental, transportation economics and health economics.  Dr. Bosworth’s research has been published in a variety of outlets including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Journal of Applied Economics and Policy.  

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Roslynn BrainAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Environment and SocietyUtah State Universityroslynn.brain@usu.edu

Roslynn Brain is an Assistant Professor, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in the Department of Environment and Society, College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. She uses conservation theory, communication techniques, and social marketing tools to foster environmental behaviors with a focus on waste reduction and local food movements. Roslynn developed and launched Extension Sustainability, a set of tools and information for the public to engage in sustainable behaviors. She also teaches Communicating Sustainability, has launched a statewide program to connect farmers with restaurants called Utah Farm-Chef-Fork, and she designed and co-teaches sustainability camps for kids in Utah. 

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Steve BurrAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environment & SocietyUtah State University
steve.burr@usu.edu

Dr. Steve Burr is  Director of the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and Extension Specialist in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. Steve served for six years on the Governor's Office of Economic Development Utah Office of Tourism's Board of Directors and is still the Board's liaison to the Utah Council for Outdoor Recreation (UCOR), which he chairs. He also serves as Vice-President for Education on the Friends of Utah State Parks Board, serves on the Bear River Heritage Area Executive Council, and serves on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee, representing social sciences with expertise in outdoor recreation and tourism, and community development. Current areas of interest, expertise, and research include outdoor recreation and natural resources-based tourism policy, planning, management, and marketing; rural and community tourism development; sustainable tourism development; and the human dimensions of natural resources management.

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Arthur CaplanProfessorDepartment of Applied EconomicsUtah State University
arthur.caplan@usu.edu

Arthur Caplan’s research in applied environmental economics has focused the control of transboundary pollution problems, non-market valuation of environmental goods, and water quality trading. His more recent work is in the areas of water conservation and air quality. He has also published what he calls “fun, little, provocative” articles on the environmental cost of hypocrisy, the deadweight loss of superficiality, grade inflation, and procrastination. His work has appeared in a variety of general-interest and field journals, such as the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, Land Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Water Resources Research, Ecological Economics, and Contemporary Economic Policy.  He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrology.

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Layne CoppockProfessorDepartment of Environment & SocietyUtah State University
layne.coppock@usu.edu

Dr. Coppock primarily investigates ways to promote sustainable livelihoods via risk management and poverty reduction among people inhabiting rangelands and smallholder farming systems around the world in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania) and rural Utah. He looks for cost-effective interventions often involving livelihood diversification, education, and improved management of natural resources. Recent projects include: (1) Collective action among pastoral women in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya; (2) drought coping strategies among Utah ranchers; (3) adoption of soil and water conservation practices among farmers in a Rift Valley watershed of central Kenya; (4) the role of education in promoting wealth creation and wildlife conservation among farmers in the Kigoma Region of western Tanzania; and (5) prospects for enhancing carbon sequestration on Utah rangelands.  

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Steve DanielsProfessorDepartment of Sociology, Social Work and AnthropologyUtah State University
steve.daniels@usu.edu

Much of Dr. Daniels professional interests focus on community linkages to natural resources and in collaborative processes in natural resource management. He has been involved in a number of community-level collaborations, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. With Dr. Gregg Walker of OSU, he is a co-author of “Working Through Environmental Conflict: The Collaborative Learning Approach.”In addition to the Collaborative Learning book, Dr. Daniels has published more than 80 scientific papers, book chapters, and reports. Many of these report experiences or methods developed through Collaborative Leaning projects on behalf of agencies or communities. Working with various federal natural resource management agencies has been Dr. Daniels’ major area of practice. As a result of this broad base of experience, Dr. Daniels has taught in courses for several agencies, NGOs, and at 19 universities in the USA and abroad.

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Joanna Endter-WadaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environment and Society, Watershed SciencesUtah State University
joanna.endter-wada@usu.edu

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada's research focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems, with emphases on water, public land, forest resources, fisheries and urban landscapes. She is currently conducting research on human dimensions of drought and climate change, urban landscape water use, and wetlands. During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in numerous activities related to translation between academic disciplines and translation of science to the general public. She has directed and been involved in interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects.  For the State of Utah, she served as Chairperson of the Utah Fish Health Policy Board, Chairperson of the Utah Forest Practices Task Force, and Member of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Advisory Council. She served as Chair of the Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board Scientific Committee, U.S. Dept. of Interior. 

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Courtney FlintAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Sociology, Social Work and AnthropologyUtah State University
courtney.flint@usu.edu

Dr. Flint's current research explores perceived values and vulnerabilities related to natural resources in dynamic communities and landscapes, particularly related to water sustainability in the Intermountain West. She also collaborates with colleagues in Austria and Switzerland in cross-cultural research on human-nature relationships and landscape decision-making and governance. Courtney serves as vice-chair of the US EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors’ Sustainable and Healthy Communities Committee. She holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.S. in Geography from Northern Arizona University.

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Peter HoweAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Environment and SocietyUtah State University
peter.howe@usu.edu

Dr. Howe is a human-environment geographer whose research aims to understand how individuals and communities detect and effectively respond to environmental change. His research primarily focuses on the human dimensions of climate change and environmental hazards, including public perceptions and attitudes, vulnerability analysis, disaster risk reduction, and adaptation planning. Research methods include quantitative surveys, mixed methods, geovisualization, multilevel modeling, and spatial analysis.

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Doug Jackson-SmithProfessorDepartment of Sociology, Social Work and AnthropologyUtah State University
doug.jackson-smith@usu.edu

Douglas Jackson-Smith's principal teaching and research interests include the sociology of agriculture, natural resources and the environment, rural community studies, human dimensions of water systems, and applied research methods. He is also interested in international development, social studies of science and technology, and political and economic sociology. Currently he is engaged in research focusing on the social, cultural and institutional drivers of environmental behaviors, interdisciplinary studies of coupled human-natural systems, and dynamics of economic and technological change in agriculture and their effects on farm families, rural communities, and the environment. He is also developing methods to track the spatial patterns of rural and agricultural land use changes to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of exurban land use planning in the Intermountain West. 

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Man-Keun KimAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied EconomicsUtah State University
mk.kim@usu.edu

Man-Keun Kim is  an applied regional economist with emphasis on natural resource and environmental economics. His recent research efforts have largely involved policy analyses related to 1) water, rangeland management, and wildfire, 2) regional development, and 3) climate change impact and adaptation. He was formerly a Research Assistant Professor in Resource Economics at University of Nevada-Reno (2007-2010) and an Economist at Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland (2004-2007). He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2004.

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Judy KurtzmanProfessional Practice InstructorDepartment of Environment and SocietyUtah State University
judy.kurtzman@usu.edu

Judy Kurtzman is Professional Practice Instructor with an emphasis on environmental law and policy. Her area of specialty is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), although she also teaches courses in a wide variety of other natural and cultural resource laws, as well as in team building, project management, and technical writing. She serves as the primary instructor for Utah State University's 12-credit graduate level NEPA Certificate Program done in partnership with the Shipley Group. As part of this program she teaches courses for a wide variety of federal, state, and private companies in locations across the country. She also teaches an online graduate level course, ENVS 6310 Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy. She has served as program coordinator, student adviser, and committee member for students in USU's online professional degree, the Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program since 2006.

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Peggy PetrzelkaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Sociology, Social Work and AnthropologyUtah State University
peggy.petrzelka@usu.edu

Dr. Petrzelka's research focuses on how social inequalities play out on the physical landscape.  Her domestic research highlights the importance of changes in agricultural landownership, which bring multiple social implications such as inequitable power relations between landowners and those who lease their land and how these inequitable relations prevent conservation implementation on the farmland. Her international research examines the impacts of intensified strawberry production in Southern Spain, and the social and political impacts of this intensification as it relates to immigration management, focusing in particular on the gendered aspects of using Moroccan mothers of dependent children for the strawberry agricultural labor.

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Robert SchmidtAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environment and SocietyUtah State University
robert.schmidt@usu.edu

Dr. Robert Schmidt is an associate professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University. Dr. Schmidt received his PhD in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and his BS and MS degrees from Ohio State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, respectively. His specialty is the human dimensions of wildlife management, particularly with gray wolves and urban wildlife, and he teaches a large general education course titled "Living with Wildlife." His current research interests include the human and ecological components of feral cat management and the ethics of wildlife management techniques, policies, and decisions.

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