The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is an interdisciplinary professional association open to individuals who bring a variety of social science and natural science backgrounds to bear on research and application strategies pertaining to the environment and natural resource issues.
IASNR was founded in 2001 to provide a professional association to support the integration of social and natural sciences to develop research and application strategies pertaining to environmental and natural resource issues. It was preceded by its ISSRM conference, started in 1986 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA and its journal, Society & Natural Resources, first published by Taylor and Francis in 1988.
Our membership covers over 45 counties around the world. A membership directory is now available for all members.
The IASNR aims to:
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Keeping in Touch Newsletter
Keeping in Touch is published twice a year and is the official newsletter of IASNR.
Kathleen (Kathy) E. Halvorsen, Executive Director, Michigan Technological University
Kathleen (Kathy) E. Halvorsen is a natural resource policy scientist with an undergraduate degree in natural resource economics. She has been on the Michigan Technological University faculty since 1995 with a joint appointment to the Department of Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Her interests have always focused on the governance of human-environmental relationships. Kathy’s research projects generally involve large, transdisciplinary, international groups of social, natural, and engineering scientists focused on environmental sustainability problems, especially climate mitigation and biodiversity protection. She attended her first ISSRM in 1992 when she was a masters student and has been an IASNR member since it was founded. Kathy has served on the IASNR Council, as Associate Editor of Society and Natural Resources, and co-organized ISSRM 2016 in Houghton, Michigan, USA. She currently serves as Executive Director, IASNR.
Courtney Flint, Treasurer, Utah State University
Courtney Flint is Professor of Sociology at Utah State University. Her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology is from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 and she has two earlier degrees in Geography. Her research and teaching focus on interdisciplinary perspectives and methods on relationships between people and natural resources, including climate adaptation, water resource sustainability, farming and conservation, and mountain landscape development. Courtney is the current Treasurer of IASNR. She previously served on IASNR Council (2013-2016) and as Co-Program Chair of ISSRM 2011.
Zhao Ma, Secretary, Purdue University
Zhao Ma is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Her research examines how individuals and organizations make environmental and natural resource decisions within the context of social-ecological change. She teaches two undergraduate courses, Introduction to Environmental Policy and Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management. Zhao has been a member of IASNR since 2007, and has been serving as a council member since 2014.
Steven (Steve) Daniels, Council Member, Utah State University
Steve Daniels is on the faculty at Utah State University, with an appointment with Cooperative Extension as a Community Development Specialist and as a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. He had previously spent a little more than 10 years on the faculty of Oregon State University as a forest economics and policy professor. The thread that has tied his career together is desire to improve natural resource decisions in the Rocky Mountain region (expansively defined), and that has led to a longstanding involvement in collaborative approaches to decision making, as variously a researcher, facilitator, coach, and trainer.
Jens Emborg, Council Member, University of Copenhagen
Jens Emborg’s early research focused on forest ecology, where he coordinated larger strategic national and international research programs. Later, he turned to the field of Environmental Conflict Management, initiating and developing new research and teaching initiatives at the university including a popular Conflict Management Course (60-100 MSc students/yr) as well as a specialized Advanced Conflict Management Course. He carried out research in Europe, USA and Africa, and is currently involved in research and capacity building at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at University of Nairobi. Jens Emborg takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to complex problems by integrating natural and social science in his work. He has worked in policy and management settings and throughout his career bridged between research, policy and practice.
Paige Fischer, Council Members, University of Michigan
Paige Fischer is Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. The focus of her research and teaching is on human behavior as it relates to the sustainability of forests as socio-ecological systems. She investigates factors that enable and constrain human adaptation to natural hazards and climate-driven change in forest systems. Paige has been interested in human-forest interactions throughout her life. She grew up in Oregon where she developed a deep appreciation for forests and the communities that depend on them. She pursued undergraduate study in cultural anthropology at Hampshire College. After graduating she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study cultural influences on forest use in a village in Sri Lanka. She then worked for the San Francisco-based conservation organization, Pacific Environment, leading a program on international forest and trade policy in the Pacific Rim region. Paige received master’s and PhD degrees in natural resource sociology at Oregon State University. Her research there was on private landowners’ behavioral motivations to conserve oak habitat. Before joining the faculty at SNRE she was a Research Social Scientist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the Forest Service where she investigated private landowner wildfire risk perceptions and mitigation behaviors and the capacity of a network of natural resource organizations to adapt to increasing wildfire risk.
Kristin Floress, Council Member, USFS Northern Research Station
Kristin Floress is a Research Social Scientist with the United States Forest Service. She has been involved with IASNR since she was a M.S. student in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. She earned her PhD in Natural Resources Social Science from Purdue University in 2008, and her research interests range from examining factors influencing individual conservation behaviors to those impacting landscape scale conservation partnerships. Kristin’s current projects examine stakeholder responses to restoration across a gradient of disturbances, family forest owner behaviors, and adoption of water quality best management practices by agricultural and non-agricultural audiences.
Azahara Mesa-Jurado, Council Member, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
Azahara Mesa-Jurado is a researcher member of the Sustainable Management of Basin and Coastal Zone that is part of the Sustainability Sciences Department in El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Mexico). She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management and Rural Development from the University of Cordoba (Spain). In 2014, she founded with other colleagues the Transdisciplinary Laboratory for Sustainability; conceived as a space for reasoning breaking boundaries between disciplines and social actors helping further sustainable development and environmental conservation goals. Her research focuses mostly on natural resources-related decision-making processes in the context of global change, with a special focus on water resources. Her personal interests are enhancing the importance of nature conservation and the inclusion of local communities in decision-making and to foster participatory processes of natural resources management. She has studied water management issues in the Spanish Guadalquivir and Mexican Usumacinta-Grijalva River basins. Being an active member of Socioecosystem and Sustainability and Natural Protected Areas thematic networks has allowed her to connect with natural resource social scientists across Europe and Latin America. She leads and collaborates with a number of national and international research teams with major natural resource social science components.
Brett Alan Miller, Student Representative, Utah State University
Brett Alan Miller began his career in the human dimensions of natural resources as an environmental educator at the McCall Outdoor Science School in McCall, Idaho, earning an Environmental Education Certificate in 2013. Earning his M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho in 2015, Brett wrote his thesis on the ecosystem service value of streamflow in the Salmon River Basin, Idaho. He also earned a Bioregional Planning certificate in 2015 with an emphasis on regional economic analysis. Currently, Brett is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Utah State University with a specialization in Environment and Community. In his doctoral program, Brett works with Dr. Courtney Flint studying the values and vulnerabilities associated with water in northern Utah as well as regional perspectives on the Wasatch Mountains as important bioregional features. Brett’s research focuses on reflexivity in natural resource management/valuation. Brett is also part of the Second Cohort of the Climate Adaptation Science Nation Science Foundation Research Traineeship at Utah State University. As a member of this interdisciplinary research program, Brett is part of a team examing continued multiple uses on BLM land in a climate change affected future. Also, Brett is a member of the Co-Managment of Fire Risk Transmission program with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins and part of an interdisciplinary research effort aimed at understanding/promoting forest restoration in northern Arizona in order to improve surface carbon storage.
Rudy M. Schuster, Council Member, Fort Collins Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Rudy Schuster has an undergraduate degree in geology and chemistry, an masters in geography, and Ph.D. in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management. He was an associate professor at the State University of New York college of Environmental Science and Forestry on the Forest and Natural Resource Management Faculty before joining the federal government. Currently, Rudy is Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey, Social & Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch. The SEA Branch provides unique capabilities in the USGS by leading projects that integrate social, behavioral, economic, and natural science in the context of human–natural resource interactions. SEA has an interdisciplinary group of scientists whose primary functions are to conduct both theoretical and applied social science research, provide technical assistance, and offer training to support the development of skills in natural resource management activities. The goal of SEA’s research is to enhance natural-resource management, agency functions, policies, and decision-making.
Susan Sidder, Student Representative-Elect, Oregon State University
Susan is a PhD student in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. Susan’s research and professional experience are focused on understanding the social and ecological impacts of visitor use in parks and protected areas. Through exploring innovative and cost-effective ways to monitor visitor use, exploring and quantifying the underlying drivers of visitor movement on landscapes, and using mixed methods research approaches, Susan’s work seeks to contribute an increased understanding of changing visitor use and movement patterns to inform proactive visitor use management in parks and protected areas. Prior to beginning her PhD at Oregon State University, Susan worked as a research analyst in the Public Lands Planning and Management Group at Resource Systems Group, Inc. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources from Clemson University in 2011.
Rich Stedman, Council Member, Cornell University
Rich Stedman is a Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University where he also is Associate Director of the Human Dimensions Research Unit, which transitions during summer 2018 to the Cornell Center for Conservation Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and taught for 6 years in the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University. His research and teaching emphasizes sense of place, social-ecological systems, energy transitions, and resource dependence. He served previously on IASNR Council from 2006-2009, served on the Scientific Committee for the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management meetings in 2017 and 2018, and served two stints as Associate Editor for Society and Natural Resources (2003-2008).
Carena J. van Riper, Council Member, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carena van Riper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. She is an environmental social scientist who focuses her teaching and research program on the psychological processes that influence environmental behavior. She is particularly interested in understanding how values shape stakeholder decisions about natural resource management challenges. Currently, she is leading research that solves problems tied to engaging gateway communities near protected areas in Alaska, minimizing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes basin, and mapping social values of ecosystem services in the Midwest. Carena has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, generated $1.8 million in research funding, and worked closely with graduate students to incorporate results into resource management decisions. Carena has been deeply involved with the IASNR and ISSRM since 2007, serving in capacities such as Coordinator of the 2nd annual ISSRM Student Forum, Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, Founder of the ISSRM Quiz Bowl, and now a member of the IASNR Council.
Chloe Wardropper, Council Member, University of Idaho
Chloe Wardropper is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Society at the University of Idaho. As an interdisciplinary natural resource social scientist, Wardropper studies planning and adaptation for changing weather conditions across varied landscapes, from agricultural to forested to urban, and how natural resource organizations incorporate science into management.
Tasos Hovardas, Editor-in-Chief, University of Cyprus
Tasos Hovardas is Editor-In-Chief of Society & Natural Resources (2017-2020) together with Linda Prokopy. He has served as an Associate Editor for Society & Natural Resources since 2013. He has worked on environmental social science, environmental education, and science education research projects. Tasos is the Human Dimensions Expert of CALLISTO – Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society and he is providing consultancy services to the EU Platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores. He is currently editing a volume to be published by Routledge on human dimensions of large carnivore conservation and management. His research interests include human dimensions of natural resource management, stakeholder engagement and communication, environmental education and outreach. He is based at the University of Cyprus, and his teaching concentrates on ecology and society, social science research methods, and model-based inquiry learning.
Linda S. Prokopy, Editor-in-Chief, Purdue University
Linda Prokopy is Editor-in-Chief of Society and Natural Resources (2017-2010) together with Tasos Hovardas. She is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work incorporating social science into the fields of agricultural conservation, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and watershed management. She also conducts research on the human dimensions of non-charismatic wildlife and has conducted research about public participation in natural resource management in rural India and Peru. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles (including 5 in Society and Natural Resources), she has generated over $12 million in competitive research funds, and she has graduated and mentored numerous graduate students and postdocs. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of American Water Resources Association, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, and the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
Jessica Hill, Assistant Editor, International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)
Jessica Hill is the Assistant Editor of Society & Natural Resources (SNR) together will Editors-in-Chief Linda Prokopy and Tasos Hovardas. She began working with SNR in the Fall of 2017. Since 2013, she has worked alongside the IASNR Council to manage the IASNR Office. Additionally, she works closely with the Conference Planning Committee to organize and facilitate the ISSRM. Jessica obtained her graduate degree at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include rural sociology, place attachment and meaning, wildlife conservation, and renewable energy development.