2016 ISSRM – Call for Organized Session Proposals

Deadline for organized session proposals is November 23, 2015

International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)
June 22nd-26th, 2016 in Houghton, Michigan, USA

Symposium Theme
Transitioning: Toward Sustainable Relationships in a Different World

– Join a diverse, international, intellectually stimulating conference group.
– Take a field trip and learn more about regional history, environments, problems, and solutions.
– Enjoy the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula and its abundant trails, waterways, brewpubs, kayaking, and historical resources – all within walking distance of your housing.

Call for Organized Session Proposals: Proposals for Panels, Paper Sessions, Book Review Sessions, and Workshops are invited now – the deadline for submission is November 23rd, 2015. Proposals from any area of societal relationships to environment and natural resources are welcome. Organized sessions are an opportunity to bring together a group of scholars around a particular topic. They can be a collection of 3-5 oral presentations with or without a discussant, a panel of experts on a given topic, a roundtable discussion, an author-meets-critics session, a workshop, or propose your own idea. Panels and paper sessions will last 75 minutes each. The organizer(s) should recruit participants. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

Add your session proposal electronically. Please click here to go to the ISSRM homepage, and click on “login and submit proposals” to proceed. Note that you must have a login account to be able to submit a proposal.


The call for Individual Paper and Poster abstracts will be issued near the end of November, 2015.

Call for Proposals to Host ISSRM 2018 and Beyond – Due Date for Proposal: January 15th, 2016

The site selection committee seeks host institutions for the annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) for 2018 and beyond. The annual meeting is called International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) and should be promoted as such.

The ISSRM conference cycle is typically held within North America for two consecutive years and at a non-North American location in the third year. This cycle is beginning again in 2018 (2015 in Charleston, SC, USA, 2016 in Houghton, MI, USA, 2017 in Umea, Sweden); however, the site selection committee will consider deviating from the cycle for particularly strong applications in non-North American locations.

The meeting should be held during the month of June. Although specific meeting dates are open, the conference should extend across three to four days to accommodate a full program of paper sessions, poster sessions, plenary speakers, business sessions, and social events. Typical schedules are Monday – Thursday or Tuesday – Friday, with the student forum (1 day event) occurring the day preceding the opening session. Pre- or post-meeting workshops or organized tours may also be included as means of encouraging attendance.

We require a conference facility with an auditorium for plenary sessions that will seat at least 400-500 persons, 12-14 break-out rooms, several small conference rooms or classrooms, and space for at least 50 posters/exhibits. The host institution is responsible for facilitating accommodations for 400-600 people. The accommodations should include at least one inexpensive option (particularly for students) such as on campus student housing. Cafeteria food service is acceptable; on-site beer and wine service is desirable.

The registration fee will be set by the host institution in consultation with the site selection committee representatives and the IASNR Executive Director’s office. Registration fees must be commensurate with other professional societies’ registration costs. Between 300 and 600 persons are expected to attend the symposium. The tradition of low student registration fees must be adhered to so that student participation in the conference will remain affordable. Active pursuit of grants and sponsorships to raise funds in support of the annual meeting is important.

The IASNR Business Office will be responsible for collecting all registration fees, student scholarship funds, and other donations. The host institution will be responsible for maintaining appropriate accounts for grants and contracts obtained at their institution in support of the annual meeting. The IASNR and host institution will share the costs and profits for a given annual meeting. The IASNR will, if necessary, underwrite financial losses of a conference, but organizers are expected to exercise due diligence with respect to budget planning to avoid this outcome. In addition, the host institution must clear any significant changes to original approved budget with the IASNR Business Office. Fifty percent of net profit will be returned to IASNR Business Office. All costs for the meeting should be budgeted and accommodated within the registration fees, grants, contracts, scholarships, and in-kind donations.

The host institution may seek funds to support on-site hospitality and excursions. Due to currency exchange issues, the capability of charging registration fees, accommodations, and other fees to Visa and MasterCard is a requirement.

Social Events:
The costs of the opening reception and at least one group meal (e.g., a picnic, barbeque, or banquet), as well as daily refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks, are normally included in the registration fee. Other social activities, meals, and excursions may be billed separately as appropriate.

The Proposal:
Each potential symposium host will prepare a proposal to be submitted to the IASNR site selection committee. The proposal should contain the following:

  • Title, authors and their affiliations
  • Description of the host organization site
    • Subtitles might include such items as “Environmental novelties of the region”, “Sustainable tourism projects”, “Local arts, products and foods”
  • Discussion of the proposed symposium theme
  • Description of housing options and costs
  • Travel arrangements available for participants and estimated costs from airport to contracted accommodations
  • Outline of the meeting space available
  • Description of host institutional support (financial, in-kind, and staff support allocations, for example)
  • Plan for recruitment of volunteers’ plan for the conference, if applicable
  • Proposed schedule, including possible field trips
  • Student events
    • Room rates for students
    • Student forum pre-session, quiz bowl competition, and student mixer are typical student events.
  • Proposed committee members
    • Executive committee
    • Planning committee
  • Proposed budget
    • Justification for fee structure

The proposal should include a Proposed Budget outlining both anticipated revenue and expenses. Suggested budget categories include:


  • Registration fees (by type and projected numbers of registrants)
  • Contributions from institutions and agencies and private funding sources


  • Conference services (food, beverages, and registration)
  • Printing
  • Program costs (swag, AV costs, poster boards, etc.)
  • Personnel (coordinator, secretarial, student hourly, etc.)
  • Supplies, telephone, postage, web site
  • Speaker honoraria and travel expenses
  • IASNR fee (see accounting section)

Mailings and Publications:
The host institution will assume responsibility for the following:

  1. Preparation, printing, and distribution of the call for program ideas and call for papers and posters.
  2. Preparation, printing, and distribution of the preliminary program and registration materials (to be available online in advance to potential registrants). Previous meeting mailing lists will be provided to host institutions for their use.
  3. Preparation and printing of the final program (distributed on site). Note: listing of participants in the final program is normally contingent upon the completion of registration; all symposium participants are expected to be registered for the meeting.
  4. Preparation and printing of the list of attendees (distributed on site).
  5. Publication of paper and poster abstracts (distributed on site).

Other Notes:

  1. The host institution, IASNR leadership and Council, and the program committee will be jointly responsible for raising funds for student scholarships and making decisions about allocation of registration fee waivers.
  2. A spousal registration rate will be provided.
  3. A one-day registration rate will be provided.
  4. A named site chairperson as well as a proposed local steering committee must accompany the proposal.

Who to Contact:

If you have questions about the Symposium, the preparation of the proposal, or wish to express interest in preparing a proposal, please contact any member of the ISSRM Site Selection Committee:

Gene Theodori, gtheodori@shsu.edu
Erin Seekamp, elseekam@ncsu.edu
Jeffrey Jacquet, jeffrey.jacquet@sdstate.edu
Kate Sherren, kate.sherren@dal.ca
Kristin Hurst, kfhurst@vt.edu

Completed Proposal:
Please submit your completed proposal as an email attachment to Gene Theodori (gtheodori@shsu.edu) by January 15th, 2016.

Wolfgang Haider, a beloved friend and colleague has passed away

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the untimely death of our friend and colleague Wolfgang Haider due to a cycling accident. Over the years Wolfgang has made various and very significant contributions to this organization not the least of which was to host a very successful ISSRM in Vancouver in 2006. He will be deeply missed by his many colleagues and friends. On behalf of IASNR, I want to express profound condolences to his family and his colleagues at Simon Fraser at this terrible loss.


Matt Carroll, Executive Director


Wildfire Research: Risk, Containment & Rebuilding

As historic drought, low snowpacks, and high temperatures combine to produce a highly challenging fire season in North America, Society & Natural Resources is pleased to make available a series of new research articles on the social dimensions of wildfire management, collaborative planning, risk mitigation, post-fire adaptation, and more.

Society & Natural Resources Volume 28, Issue 8, 2015

Download articles in PDF format or view in HTML format at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/usnr20/28/8

The first three articles of this issue address timely questions surrounding wildfire prevention, managing wildfires as they develop, and post-wildfire recuperation:

Catching Fire? Social Interactions, Beliefs, and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Behaviors, by Katherine Dickinson, et al.This article presents a statistical analysis of relationships between social interactions, beliefs about wildfire risk, and wildfire containment/prevention efforts reveals potential to improve community wildfire education program outcomes.

Voices from the Field: Wildland Fire Managers and High-Reliability Organizing Mindfulness, by David Thomas, et al. Researchers interviewed Wildland fire managers—professionals that manage wildfires for resource benefit while protecting firefighter and public safety—and found that language choices play an important role in avoiding mistakes through high-reliability organizing.

Adapting to Wildfire: Rebuilding After Home Loss, by Miranda H. Mockrin, et al. — The authors studied rebuilding after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder, CO, that destroyed 165 homes in order to better understand the critical process of post-wildfire rebuilding.

These articles and five others are now available for free access at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/usnr20/28/8. Read, cite, and share to gain a fuller understanding of social policy response to this increasingly dire type of natural disaster.

About Society & Natural Resources

Society & Natural Resources has a 2014 Impact Factor of 1.284 (©2015 Thomson Reuters, 2014 Journal Citation Reports®)

Society & Natural Resources, official publication of the International Association for Society & Natural Resources (www.iasnr.org), publishes a broad range of social science research and thinking on the interaction of social and bio-physical processes, policies and practices occurring around the world and at multiple scales.  These involve attention to cultural, psychological, economic and political perspectives relating to forests, oceans, fisheries, soils, and water; and address a variety of topics such as people and protected areas/biodiversity conservation, globalization and capitalism, environmental justice, place/community-based conservation, community resilience, adaptive and collaborative management, sustainability, climate change, environmental attitudes and concerns, environmental hazards and risks, and human-nature relationships.  Papers published in Society & Natural Resources go through a double-blind, peer review process and meet standards of contributing significantly to theory and/or transformative policies and practices, offering scholarly depth but broad appeal to our diverse readership.

About Routledge, a Member of the Taylor & Francis Group


Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine.

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The International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Donald R. Field and Rabel J. Burdge Outstanding Article Award for the best general research article published in Society & Natural Resources during the preceding calendar year. The award recipient will receive a US $500 cash prize,* sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, and will be recognized at the annual International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), and through the journal and related websites.

Criteria: Commencing in 2016, the award will be presented to the author(s) of a general research article published in Society & Natural Resources during the previous calendar year that, in the judgement of the selection committee, makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of scholarship on society and natural resources. Selection criteria include:

  • Innovative and interesting topic
  • Meaningful contribution to the study of society and natural resources
  • Engagement with prior scholarship
  • Quality of conceptual development
  • Solid, well-articulated methodology and effective use of evidence, as applicable
  • Coherent and persuasive argument
  • Clarity and general excellence in writing

Articles that promise to be influential over time are preferred.

Nominations: The selection committee will consider all general research articles published in the journal during the prior calendar year. Independent nominations from the same pool of eligible articles are welcome and encouraged. To nominate an article, please send a letter to SNR@colostate.edu including the article’s full citation, a brief discussion of why the article is an outstanding contribution to scholarship on society and natural resources, and why you expect it to be influential over time.

Deadline: Letters of nomination must be received by March 1, 2016.

For further information about this award please contact: SNR@colostate.edu


* If more than one author, the cash award will be divided equally among the authors.
† Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current editors of the journal are ineligible to receive this award.

Donations to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Charleston, SC has been a generous host to the ISSRM 2015 meeting. We are saddened by the tragic event that happened on the night of June 17, 2015, where 9 people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church located in the College of Charleston community. IASNR has donated $1,000 to support the families of the victims. As an organization we would like to encourage our members to donate and assist the community to recover. Donations are accepted on the website of the church: http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/

IASNR Constitution and By-Laws amendments –  notification of proposed changes to be voted on at 2015 ISSRM

The IASNR Council has approved several amendments to the IASNR Constitution and Bylaws. The amendments have been proposed to accomplish the following:

(1) Provide clarification and consistency of language throughout both documents

(2) Eliminate duplicative language across the two documents (e.g., placing details of organizational rules and operational processes in the bylaws and eliminating same from the constitution)

(3) Revise and standardize required member notification timelines for IASNR administrative actions (e.g., announcement of meetings; notification of amendments to constitution or bylaws)

(4) Update information related to IASNR Executive Officers, Council, and Committees (e.g., eligibility, nomination, elections, process)

(5) Add Emeritus Member as a new class of IASNR membership

Please click here to view the proposed amendments to the IASNR Constitution and Bylaws

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management at Michigan State University – Entirely Online Professional Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management

Michigan State University

Entirely Online Professional Certificate


Openings Available for Fall Semester 2015

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to promote the offering of the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management for the 2015–2016 academic year. The program can be completed in addition to current degree programs and supplements a wide range of vocations.

The Certificate equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual backgrounds to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. As professionals, Certification provides an edge in competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

Participants in the Certificate program learn the scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management affects forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of forest carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.

Delivered entirely online, the program is geared for participation from anywhere in the world with a highly practical focus closely linked to the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today.  Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including current M.S. and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and working professionals. Participants in the Certificate Program must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.

To earn the Certificate, participants must complete four on-line courses:

  • Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change (FOR 831)
  • Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833)
  • Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835)
  • Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837)

FOR 831 and FOR 835 are offered during Fall Semester and FOR 833 and FOR 837 are offered in Spring Semester. Participants may take 1 or 2 courses per semester.

Enrollment is now open for 2015 Fall Semester. Applications received by June 26th will be given full consideration. U.S. domestic individuals must complete the application and deliver transcripts; international individuals must complete the application, deliver transcripts, and submit TOEFL scores.

To apply, visit http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp and complete the online application.  Be sure to select “Graduate Certificate” from the first drop-down menu.

For more information, or to discuss partnership programming and additional opportunities visit www.for.msu.edu/forestcarbon or contact Lauren Cooper at forestc@msu.edu.