IASNR is now a member of AmazonSmile!

IASNR is now a member of AmazonSmile! At no cost to you, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile transactions to IASNR. These funds will then be used to support students and the organization as a whole. Please participate by clicking here.Your purchase must be made through AmazonSmile for the donation to be made to IASNR. Click here to view the AmazonSmile FAQ page.

Please email Jessica Burk at info@iasnr.org if you have any questions.


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Join and Use the IASNR List-Serve!

Are you looking for more timely communication about IASNR and related activities such as jobs, conferences, or scholarship and teaching? We have a great option!! The IASNR List-Serve is a mechanism to foster immediate and timely communication among IASNR members. Topics may include research, academic, or employment opportunities; questions about teaching or scholarship; or timely news that may be of interest to members. You may also use the List-Serve to solicit and recruit participants for your organized session at the 2017 ISSRM. The list is not moderated, so any member who subscribes may post to the list.

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If you have any questions, please email the IASNR Office.

Call for Nominations:  2016 Outstanding Article Award

SNR is excited to announce our 2016 call for papers for our  2nd annual Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award.  Please see the announcement below and contact us at snr@colostate.edu if you have any further questions.

Society & Natural Resources
Call for Nominations:  2016 Outstanding Article Award

Society & Natural Resources is pleased to call for nominations for the 2nd annual Rabel J. Burdge and Donald R. Field Outstanding Article Award, for best general research article published in Volume 29 (2016) of the journal. The author(s) of the award-winning article will receive a US $500 cash prize,* sponsored by the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, and will be recognized at the 2017 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Umeå, Sweden; and through the journal and related websites.

Criteria: The award will be presented to the author(s) of a general research article published in Volume 29 (2016) of Society & Natural Resources 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

Preference will be given to an article that promises to be influential over time.

Nominations:  The selection committee will consider all general research articles published in Volume 29 (2016) of the journal. 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 explanation of why, in your view, the article represents 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 November 15, 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.

Call for IASNR Executive Officer and Council Nominations


The IASNR Council Elections Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the following IASNR leadership positions:

* Executive Director
* Treasurer
* Secretary
* IASNR Council Professional (3 seats)
* IASNR Council Student Representative-Elect

Service as an Executive Officer or on the IASNR Council affords members the opportunity to contribute substantially to current operations and future directions of the organization. IASNR strives for the organizational leadership to be “broadly representative of the membership, reflecting a balance of: (1) disciplinary orientations in the social sciences; (2) natural resource management fields; and (3) professional practice” (e.g., academic and agency scientists; resource managers; domestic and international; mid-career and seasoned). Interested individuals must have familiarity with the organization, evidenced by a history of active involvement in ISSRM and/or other IASNR activities. Additional information regarding eligibility and responsibilities of these positions is included below and also available on the IASNR website (www.iasnr.org) under the “About IASNR and Our Journals” tab and “Click here for more information about our organization” section. All Executive Officer and Council positions are unpaid voluntary positions.

The Executive Officers comprise three elected members – Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary – collectively responsible for general operations, financial administration, records management, communications, and implementation of Council decisions on behalf of the organization. The term of service for Executive Officers is three years. Nominees for Executive Officer positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of five years (cumulative) prior to the beginning of service as an Executive Officer. The Executive Director is eligible for only one term. The Treasurer and Secretary may serve for two terms (cumulative).

Executive Director
The Executive Director provides general oversight and leadership for the organization, with responsibilities and accountability for implementing the decisions of the Council on behalf of IASNR. The Executive Director works closely with the Treasurer, Secretary, and Council to formulate strategic directions and governance and execute day-to-day operations of the organization. S/he coordinates with standing and ad hoc Council committees, the editors and publishers of IASNR publications, the local ISSRM organizing committees, and cultivates and maintains relationships with allied organizations and professional societies to achieve the objectives of the organization. The Executive Director is expected to have a strong grasp of IASNR’s mission and lead by fostering enthusiastic and forward-looking engagement across all aspects of the organization.

The Treasurer has primary responsibility and accountability for financial management and reporting for the organization, in accordance with instructions from the Council and/or Executive Director. The duties of the Treasurer include oversight and management of financial transactions, formulation and execution of the annual operating budget, routine management and monitoring of all accounts, preparation and filing of required federal tax returns and nonprofit legal documents, chairing the Council Financial Committee, working closely with local ISSRM organizing committees, providing written financial reports to Council and membership, and recordkeeping for all IASNR financial and business-related activities.

The Secretary has primary responsibility for all IASNR communications, in accordance with instructions from the Council and/or Executive Director. The duties of the Secretary include recording minutes of all Council and General Assembly meetings, collecting and archiving committee meeting reports, maintaining the official records of IASNR, chairing the Council Communications Committee, preparing and distributing outreach materials (“Keeping In Touch”), and coordinating with the IASNR administrative office and IT service provider to manage the organization’s website, social media activities, and associated information resources.


The IASNR Council consists of nine professional members, one student representative, and the co-editors of the journal as ex-officio members. The Council serves a broad role in supporting IASNR objectives to (1) foster the interdisciplinary social scientific understanding of the relationships between humans and natural resources; (2) further the application of social science information in natural resource decision-making; and (3) provide mechanisms whereby social scientists, resource managers, practitioners, agency personnel, and decision makers can generate dialogue and useful exchange of ideas. Council members are expected to actively engage in Council activities, including participation in Council meetings, service on Council committees, thoughtful and timely response to Council communications, attendance at IASNR-supported activities at ISSRM, and infusion of new and innovative ideas in support of organization objectives.

Council Professional Positions
The term of service for professional Council members is three years. Nominees for professional Council positions must have been an IASNR professional member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may be re-elected for a second term, but no member may serve more than two terms without an interval of at least three years off Council.

Council Student Representative-Elect Position

The term of service for the Student Representative on Council is two years — serving one year as Student Representative-Elect, then transitioning the following year to Student Representative as liaison between the Council and Student Affairs Committee, for which the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect serve as co-chairs. Nominees for Student Representative-Elect must have been an IASNR student member for a minimum of one year prior to the beginning of service on Council. The same individual may not be re-elected for a second term.

Members may submit one or more nomination for each open position (self-nominations are not allowed). Nominations must include the following: (1) nominee’s name, title, affiliation, and contact information; and (2) a brief supporting statement (e.g., highlighting past IASNR or ISSRM involvement, describing relevant experience or qualifications). Nominations should be sent by email directly to the Elections Committee (c/o Tom_Fish@nps.gov) no later than Monday, October 31, 2016. Please include “IASNR Election Nomination” in the email subject line.

Elections will be held in early 2017, with notification of results in the spring in advance of the 2017 ISSRM. Official duties will begin January 1, 2018, following a six-month transition period as non-voting observer. Contact the Elections Committee with any related questions.

Thank you for your continued support of IASNR.


~IASNR Council Elections Committee

2017 ISSRM – Organized Session Proposals and Abstract Submission Now Open!

Call for Organized Session Proposals: Proposals for Panels, Paper Sessions, Book Review Sessions, and Workshops are invited now – the deadline for submission is October 31, 2016, at midnight (Central Standard Time). 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 and include these in the session proposal. Organized sessions will be highlighted and given priority in the program.

Please submit your session proposal electronically by going to the ISSRM 2017 webpage and click on “Add” next to “Session Proposals” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before a session proposal can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit a session proposal.

Call for Abstracts: Abstract submissions for organized sessions, individual papers and posters are now open and due December 1, 2016, at midnight (Central Standard Time). Individual paper and poster abstracts can be submitted electronically by going to the ISSRM 2017 webpage and clicking on “Add” next to “Abstracts (Oral Presentations and Posters)” on the right side of the page. Please note: a login account is required before an abstract can be submitted; you must also be logged into your account to submit an abstract.

Guidelines for Abstracts:
Abstracts should be in paragraph form without bullet points. Additionally, the abstract body should include details regarding the background, purpose, methods, results, and conclusions. Please also include theory/analytical framework and a description of the methods employed (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, etc.).

**Individuals are limited to serving as lead presenter on only one oral paper presentation. This does not include co-authorship and individuals may present both an oral paper presentation and organize a session, present a poster, or serve on a panel. Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any questions.


~2017 ISSRM Organizing Committee and IASNR Office

Call for Applications for Editor of Society & Natural Resources

The IASNR is soliciting candidates for editor (or co-editors) of Society & Natural Resources, official journal of the organization. The Editor(s) will assume lead responsibility for Volume 31 (2018) of the journal, commencing on July 1, 2017. The current co-editors (David A. Sonnenfeld and Peter Leigh Taylor) are willing to remain involved during a six-month transition period, through December 31, 2017, to ensure a smooth transition. The editorial term is three years and the new editor(s) will be responsible for Volumes 31-33. The editorial search committee will review applications and make recommendations regarding candidates to the IASNR Council, which will make a final decision regarding candidate selection in consultation with Taylor & Francis (publisher of Society & Natural Resources).

If you have questions about the position, you are welcome to contact the co-chairs of the editorial search committee, Daniel Williams (+1.970.498.2561, drwilliams@fs.fed.us), and Neelam Poudyal (+1.865.974.8771, npoudyal@utk.edu); as well as the current co-editors, David A. Sonnenfeld, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (+1.315.470.4931, dsonn@esf.edu) or Peter Leigh Taylor, Colorado State University (+1.970.491.6043, pete.taylor@colostate.edu).

Interested candidate(s) should submit a copy of their vitae, a detailed statement about their vision for the journal, their plan for organizing editorial operations and their relevant experience, and a letter or letters (addressing the IASNR) from responsible administrators confirming the availability of any possible institutional support. One full set of printed application materials should be forwarded to:

Dr. Daniel R. Williams
USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Alternatively, the package of application could also be forwarded electronically to Dr. Williams (drwilliams@fs.fed.us). Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017.



Danial R. Williams and Neelam C. Poudyal
Co-Chairs, Editorial Search Committee

Post 2016 ISSRM Update

Hello IASNR members!!

I just wanted to send out a quick note to once again congratulate our 2016 ISSRM organizers for a job extremely well done. I know I certainly enjoyed the conference and we have been getting some very positive emails from attendees. I also want to thank Business Meeting attendees for the unanimous votes to approve our Code of Ethics and the changes to our by-laws. I also want to thank Erin Seekamp and her committee and Tom Fish and company for their excellent work on these documents.

I also want to point out that it is not too soon to start making plans to attend the 2017 ISSRM in Umea, Sweden, which promises to be an excellent meeting. Having visited the site last March, I can personally testify that Umea is beautiful, and a great place to visit and hold our conference. The only difficulty I can see is people getting to Umea and never wanting to go home again!!

I do want to bring to your attention that in order for folks to save money on airfare, we are going to accelerate the timing of the call for abstracts and for organized session proposals to points earlier than we have ever had before. Expect to hear from us in early Fall on this and please be thinking about what you may want to present and/or organize in terms of sessions for Umea.

Let me close by wishing you a great rest of the summer and please expect to hear from us early in the Fall!!

Best regards,

Matthew S. Carroll, Executive Director

The Spring 2016 Edition of Keeping in Touch has Arrived!

The Spring 2016 Edition of Keeping in Touch has arrived! Grab a cup of coffee, hopefully find a nice spot to enjoy some spring weather, and catch up on all that is happening with IASNR. Lots of exciting news, including some proposed changes to IASNR governance, the location for ISSRM 2018, and of course lots of great information about ISSMR 2016. We hope to see all of you in Houghton, Michigan in a few months!

Click here to view the Spring 2016 Edition of Keeping in Touch.

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any questions.

~ IASNR Communications Committee