University of Colorado at Boulder

Dept Theme

Environment-Society Relations


Human dimensions of environmental change; natural resources; conservation behavior

From its earliest development as an academic field, geography has been concerned with the manifold relations between societies and their natural and built environments. Societies adapt and transform the environments they inhabit. They depend upon the use of resources and reduction of hazards for their survival and material well-being. They also assign meanings to the environment that vary over place and time, but that help define their identity and values within the world. Geographers tend to study these phenomena under the broad headings of resource use, natural hazards, sustainable development, landscape studies, cultural ecology, and environmental conservation. The University of Colorado has special strength in land and water resource issues in the American West, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Students concentrating on environment-society relations are advised to take the introductory courses in human and physical geography and then, depending upon their academic interests and aims, to concentrate on specific topics and regions in the environment- society area.

Faculty teaching and/or performing research in Environment-Society Relations

Maxwell
Boykoff
environmental governance, cultural politics, science-policy interactions, political economy Adjunct
Mara
Goldman
Political Ecology;  Science and Technology Studies;  indigenous knowledge;  Nature-Society Relations
Tania
Schoennagel
Disturbance ecology; climate change; landscape modeling Adjunct
William
Travis
Natural hazards, risk, climate change, decision-making
Bruce
Van Haveren
Natural Resources & Public Lands Policy; Wildlands Ecology and Conservation; Watershed Hydrology Adjunct
Emily
Yeh
Nature/society geography; political ecology; cultural politics; development; Tibet; China

Graduate Students in Environment-Society Relations

14 students total. TIP: To sort by more than one column, hold down the shift key while clicking an additional column header.

Name Degree     Specialties
Auger, Mason Ph.D. Native American Culture; Symbolic Land Use
Clifford, Katherine M.A. American West; decision making and uncertainty; climate change; land and water resources
Frydenlund, Shae M.A. political ecology; nature-society in Tibet/Nepal
Harkavy, Melissa M.A. climate change adaptation; natural resources; utilization; gender
Lee, Ahn M.A. land-use change, migration
Longenecker, H.E. Ph.D. Climatology; Climate Change; Hazard/Risk Vulnerability
Lovell, Eric Ph.D. Political Ecology; (Non)Human Mobilities; GIScience; Critical Conservation Studies
Naficy, Cameron Ph.D. Disturbance ecology; tree ecophysiology; climate variability; restoration; remote sensing
Petchprayoon, Pakorn Ph.D. Remote Sensing & Surface Energy Balance
Reiff, Eric Ph.D. Urban backyard farming as a subversive performance, Social Construction of Nature, STS, Pol Ecology
Rosati, Antonia Ph.D. climate; natural hazards
Skog, Lindsay Ph.D. Intersection of belief systems, landscapes, & conservation in high Asia
Smith, Samuel Ph.D. Historic/Urban Geog-links between historic mining settlements & current tourist areas
Wharton, Elizabeth Ph.D. China's development role in the Horn of Africa

News and Events related to Environment-Society Relations

Selected Publications by Faculty and Graduate Students associated with Environment-Society Relations

Faculty

 Maxwell Boykoff

Boykoff, M. T. (2013). Public Enemy No. 1? Understanding Media Representations of Outlier Views on Climate Change. American Behavioral Scientist. doi:10.1177/0002764213476846

Boykoff, M. T. and S. K. Olson. (2013). 'Wise contrarians’: A keystone species in contemporary climate science, politics and policy. Celebrity Studies 4 (3) 276-291. doi:10.1080/19392397.2013.831618

Boykoff, M. T. and T. Yulsman. (2013). Political economy, media, and climate change: Sinews of modern life. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. doi:10.1002/wcc.233

Boykoff, M. T., A. Ghosh, and K. Venkateswaran. (2013). Media Coverage of Discourse on Adaptation: Competing Visions of 'Success' in the Indian Context . Successful Adaptation to Climate Change, Ed. S. Moser and M. Boykoff, 237-252, Routledge, isbn: 978-0-415-52500-8.

Moser, S. C. and M. T. Boykoff. (2013). Climate Change and Adaptation Success: The Scope of the Challenge . Successful Adaptation to Climate Change, Ed. S. Moser and M. Boykoff, 1-33, Routledge, isbn: 978-0-415-52500-8.

 Mara Goldman

Goldman, M.J. (2011). Strangers in their own land: Maasai and wildlife conservation in northern Tanzania. Conservation and Society 9(1):65-79.

Goldman, M.J., P. Nadasdy, and M.D. Turner, eds. (2011). Knowing Nature: Conversations at the intersection of political ecology and science studies. Chicago: University of Chicago University Press .

Goldman, M.J., J. Roque de Pinho and J. Perry. (2010). Maintaining complex relations with large cats: Maasai and Lions in Kenya and Tanzania. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 15 (5), 332-246 .

Goldman, M. (2009). Constructing Connectivity? Conservation corridors and conservation politics in East African rangelands. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 99 (2):335-359 .

Goldman, M. (2007). Tracking wildebeest, locating knowledge: Maasai and conservation biology understandings of wildebeest behavior in Northern Tanzania. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 25: 307-331.

 Tania Schoennagel

Fleishman, E., J. Belnap, N. Cobb, C. Enquist, K. Ford, G. MacDonald, M. Pellant, T. Schoennagel, L. Schmit, M. Schwartz, S. van Drunick, A. Westerling, A. Keyser, and R. Lucas. (2013). Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Technical Report Prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Natural Ecosystems. Chapter 8, in: Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Meredeth, M.Black, and S. LeRoy (eds.) A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press. .

Chapman, T.B., T.T. Veblen, T. Schoennagel. (2012). Spatio-temporal patterns of mountain pine beetle activity in the southern Rocky Mountains. Ecology. 93(10): 2175-2185.

Schoennagel, T., T.T. Veblen, J.F. Negron, J.M. Smith. (2012). Effects of mountain pine beetle on fuels and expected fire behavior in lodgepole pine forests, Colorado, USA. PLoS ONE. 7(1): e30002 . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030002

Schoennagel, T., R.L. Sherriff, T.T. Veblen. (2011). Fire history and tree recruitment in the upper montane zone of the Colorado Front Range: Implications for forest restoration. Ecological Applications. 21(6): 2210-2222.

Schoennagel, T., C.R. Nelson. 2010. (2010). Restoration relevance of recent National Fire Plan treatments in forests of the Western US. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 9(5): 271–277 .

 Emily Yeh

Yeh, Emily T. and Chris Coggins, editors. (2014). Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landcapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands. University of Washington Press. .

Yeh, Emily T. (2013). Blazing pelts and burning passions: Nationalism, cultural politics and spectacular decommodification in Tibet. Journal of Asian Studies. 72(2): 319-334. .

Yeh, Emily T. (2013). Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development. Cornell University Press.

Yeh, Emily T. and Kunga T. Lama. (2013). Following the caterpillar fungus: Nature,commodity chains and the place of Tibet in China's uneven geographies. Social & Cultural Geography 14(3):318-340.

Yeh, Emily T. (2012). Transnational environmentalism and entanglements of sovereignty: The tiger campaign across the Himalayas. Political Geography 31:418-428 .


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