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Core Faculty

  • Jen Schneider

    Director Human-Environment Systems

    Jen Schneider is Associate Dean of the College of Innovation and Design and Director of Human-Environment Systems. She has worked extensively in the areas of public communication of science and technology controversies, stakeholder engagement, and public engagement. Her primary research interest is in understanding how politics and environmental communication intersect: she has collaborated with teams to design and facilitate large public meetings on topics such as climate change, emerging technologies, nuclear power, and rapid urban growth. Jen has also worked in team science contexts, collaborating with scientists and engineers to design stakeholder engagement projects on topics ranging from decarbonization to water management to farmland preservation.

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    Jen Schneider is Associate Dean of the College of Innovation and Design and Director of Human-Environment Systems. She has worked extensively in the areas of public communication of science and technology controversies, stakeholder engagement, and public engagement. Her primary research interest is in understanding how politics and environmental communication intersect: she has collaborated with teams to design and facilitate large public meetings on topics such as climate change, emerging technologies, nuclear power, and rapid urban growth. Jen has also worked in team science contexts, collaborating with scientists and engineers to design stakeholder engagement projects on topics ranging from decarbonization to water management to farmland preservation.

  • Human Environmental Systems, outdoor group and individual portraits, photo Patrick Sweeney

    Jodi Brandt

    Associate Professor

    Jodi is the leader of LUL@BSU — the Land Use Lab at Boise State University. She is a land-use scientist who studies landscape change and its drivers, and the impacts of landscape change on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

    Jodi is the leader of LUL@BSU — the Land Use Lab at Boise State University. She is a land-use scientist who studies landscape change and its drivers, and the impacts of landscape change on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

  • Megan Cattau

    Assistant Professor

    Megan is interested in how interacting anthropogenic and biophysical factors alter disturbance regimes and subsequent recovery, and in evaluating the efficacy of intervention options in increasing social-ecological resilience.

    Megan is interested in how interacting anthropogenic and biophysical factors alter disturbance regimes and subsequent recovery, and in evaluating the efficacy of intervention options in increasing social-ecological resilience.

  • Vicken Hillis

    Vicken Hillis

    Assistant Professor

    Vicken studies human behavioral and institutional change in environmental contexts, using quantitative surveys, behavioral experiments, computational modeling and social-ecological network analysis.

    Vicken studies human behavioral and institutional change in environmental contexts, using quantitative surveys, behavioral experiments, computational modeling and social-ecological network analysis.

  • Kelly Hopping

    Assistant Professor

    Kelly studies how environmental and social changes are affecting ecosystems and rural livelihoods, particularly in mountain and pastoral regions.

    Kelly studies how environmental and social changes are affecting ecosystems and rural livelihoods, particularly in mountain and pastoral regions.

  • Matt Williamson

    Assistant Professor

    Matt is a conservation scientist interested in understanding how the interactions between people, their environment, and the institutions that govern them inspire (or inhibit) conservation action and how that impacts their effectiveness.

    Matt is a conservation scientist interested in understanding how the interactions between people, their environment, and the institutions that govern them inspire (or inhibit) conservation action and how that impacts their effectiveness.

Students

  • Helina Alvarez

    Ph.D. Student

    Helina is passionate about working with Indigenous communities to help bridge the gap between Indigenous science and western science. Her current research will involve collaborating with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on the Fort Hall Reservation 

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

    Helina is passionate about working with Indigenous communities to help bridge the gap between Indigenous science and western science. Her current research will involve collaborating with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on the Fort Hall Reservation 

  • Clara Buchholtz

    Clara Buchholtz

    Clara researches the conservation of desert ecosystems and rare and endemic plants.
    She uses remote sensing and GIS, fieldwork, and a social-ecological-systems framework to think about how climate adaptation can give ecosystems a resilient future with climate change.
    Advised by Dr. Hopping.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Clara researches the conservation of desert ecosystems and rare and endemic plants.
    She uses remote sensing and GIS, fieldwork, and a social-ecological-systems framework to think about how climate adaptation can give ecosystems a resilient future with climate change.
    Advised by Dr. Hopping.

  • Savannah Canova

    Savannah uses remote sensing to understand the spatio-temporal relationship between human development and wildfire in sagebrush ecosystems.

    Research Mentor, Human-Environment Systems

    Savannah uses remote sensing to understand the spatio-temporal relationship between human development and wildfire in sagebrush ecosystems.

  • Matt Clark portrait, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, HES, Biological Sciences, Graduate Student, Photo by Emma Thompson

    Matt Clark

    Matt seeks to understand why protected areas succeed or fail long-term. Matt specifically examines how social dynamics affect conservation efficacy and resource equity for local populations. He is advised by Dr. Hillis.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Matt seeks to understand why protected areas succeed or fail long-term. Matt specifically examines how social dynamics affect conservation efficacy and resource equity for local populations. He is advised by Dr. Hillis.

  • Megan Dolman

    Meg is interested in human-environment interactions. Her current research involves understanding the spatio-temporal dimensions of human development and wildfire in sagebrush ecosystems.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

    Meg is interested in human-environment interactions. Her current research involves understanding the spatio-temporal dimensions of human development and wildfire in sagebrush ecosystems.

  • Human Environmental Systems, Sarah Halperin, photo Patrick Sweeney

    Sarah Halperin

    Sarah examines questions related to large-scale conservation of socioecological systems. She develops tools for local stakeholders and the public to make informed policy decisions regarding farmland preservation. She is advised by Dr. Brandt.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Sarah examines questions related to large-scale conservation of socioecological systems. She develops tools for local stakeholders and the public to make informed policy decisions regarding farmland preservation. She is advised by Dr. Brandt.

  • Human Environmental Systems,Lauren Hunt photo Patrick Sweeney

    Lauren Hunt

    Lauren investigates how social systems shift in the context of climate change and how individuals and the environment intersect. Agriculture is the primary lens through which she views this intersection, but the current economic, political, and cultural climate also structures her work. Lauren is advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Lauren investigates how social systems shift in the context of climate change and how individuals and the environment intersect. Agriculture is the primary lens through which she views this intersection, but the current economic, political, and cultural climate also structures her work. Lauren is advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis.

  • Human Environmental Systems, Louis Jochems, photo Patrick Sweeney

    Louis Jochems

    Louis is interested in utilizing data from remotely sensed imagery, field observations, and human activity to predict the spread of invasive plant species throughout wetlands in the Great Lakes region. Ultimately, he hopes to incorporate this information into a decision support tool for land managers to better protect vulnerable wetlands. Louis is advised by Dr. Jodi Brandt.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Louis is interested in utilizing data from remotely sensed imagery, field observations, and human activity to predict the spread of invasive plant species throughout wetlands in the Great Lakes region. Ultimately, he hopes to incorporate this information into a decision support tool for land managers to better protect vulnerable wetlands. Louis is advised by Dr. Jodi Brandt.

  • Nick Kolarik

    Nick’s focus is on using remote sensing techniques to evaluate human-environment interactions. Land systems often have measurable effects on the landscape key to issues surrounding resource use, human welfare, and conservation efforts. He aims to contribute to interdisciplinary research that helps guide decision-making at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Nick is advised by Dr. Brandt.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Nick’s focus is on using remote sensing techniques to evaluate human-environment interactions. Land systems often have measurable effects on the landscape key to issues surrounding resource use, human welfare, and conservation efforts. He aims to contribute to interdisciplinary research that helps guide decision-making at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Nick is advised by Dr. Brandt.

  • Molly Levy portrait, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Biological Sciences, Graduate Student, Photo by Emma Thompson

    Molly Levy

    Molly is interested in the social dynamics that influence the management of socio-ecological systems over space and time. She is particularly interested in the processes of collaboration and conflict, and how these processes are impacted by ecological disturbance. Molly is advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Molly is interested in the social dynamics that influence the management of socio-ecological systems over space and time. She is particularly interested in the processes of collaboration and conflict, and how these processes are impacted by ecological disturbance. Molly is advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis.

  • Haley Netherton portrait, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Biological Sciences, Graduate Student, Photo by Emma Thompson

    Haley Netherton-Morrison

    Haley focuses on the application of social science theory to natural resource issues. Specifically, she currently seeks to understand public perceptions of landscapes and wildlife, how and why they differ, and their role in natural resource management. Haley is advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping.

    Ph.D. Student, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

    Haley focuses on the application of social science theory to natural resource issues. Specifically, she currently seeks to understand public perceptions of landscapes and wildlife, how and why they differ, and their role in natural resource management. Haley is advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping.

  • Human Environmental Systems, Tara Pozzi, photo Patrick Sweeney

    Tara Pozzi

    Tara is interested in the mechanisms that shape behavior and decision-making processes influencing a community’s adaptive capacity and resilience in the context of disasters. Advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis.

    Tara is interested in the mechanisms that shape behavior and decision-making processes influencing a community’s adaptive capacity and resilience in the context of disasters. Advised by Dr. Vicken Hillis.

  • Human Environmental Systems, Callie Puntenney, photo Patrick Sweeney

    Callie Puntenney

    Callie researches the structure and dynamics of human social and infrastructural systems and the environment within which they operate. Through considerations of policy, history, livelihoods, and phenology, she hopes to inform collaborative management approaches that support sustainable, thriving ecosystems. Callie is advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping.

    Callie researches the structure and dynamics of human social and infrastructural systems and the environment within which they operate. Through considerations of policy, history, livelihoods, and phenology, she hopes to inform collaborative management approaches that support sustainable, thriving ecosystems. Callie is advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping.

  • Edward Trout, Biological Sciences, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

    Edward Trout

    Edward works in human-wildlife interfaces. In these dynamic areas, contact and conflict are increasingly common and vary in impact across space and time. His work seeks to promote coexistence through developing solutions in both social and ecological contexts. He is co-advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping and Dr. Neil Carter (University of Michigan).

    Edward works in human-wildlife interfaces. In these dynamic areas, contact and conflict are increasingly common and vary in impact across space and time. His work seeks to promote coexistence through developing solutions in both social and ecological contexts. He is co-advised by Dr. Kelly Hopping and Dr. Neil Carter (University of Michigan).

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