The International Association for Society & Natural Resources Student Affairs Committee


One of the hallmarks of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources has been a strong commitment to student participation. The IASNR Council and the ISSRM annual planning committees have strived to create a welcoming atmosphere that engages students in professional development activities. The IASNR Student Affairs Committee was established to help perpetuate this goal. The SAC is charged with encouraging student involvement at ISSRM, increasing the benefits of student membership in the association, and facilitating experiences that foster the next generation of environmental scholars and practitioners. If you would like to become involved in the SAC, please do not hesitate to get in touch with either co-chair on the committee.

Read the full SAC procedural statement


Rose Verbos, University of Utah, USA

Chad Kooistra, Oregon State University, USA


Communication, Collaboration, Professional Development, Quizbowl


Tagen Baker, Utah State University, USA
Omar Khalfen Bizuru, National University of Rwanda, Rwanda
Gwanggyu Bob Lee, Texas A&M University, USA
Gina Depper, Clemson University, USA
Janosch Jan Foerster, Monash University, South Africa
Jose Guerrero
Theresa Groth, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Erin Harper
Bernard M. Kitheka, Clemson University, USA
Paul Manson, Portland State University, USA
Allie McCreary, North Carolina State University, USA
Shawn Olson, Utah State University, USA
Tamara Olsen (Watkins), Utah State University, USA
Spencer Plumb, University of Idaho, USA
Mary Ann Rozance, Portland State University, USA
Emily Silver, University of Maine, USA
Tanja Straka, University of Melbourne, Australia

Previous members

David Adams, Auburn University, USA
Jennifer Bond, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam
Penny Cook,   Charles Stuart University, Australia
Donna Curtis, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Mallory Dolan, Utah State University, USA
Helene Draux, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Darrick T. N. Evensen, Cornell University, USA
Prateep Kumar Nayak, University of Manitoba, Canada
Rachelle Haddock, University of Calgary, Canada
Jamila Haider, Mountain Societies Development Support Program, Tajikistan
Joseph Hamm, University of Nebraska, USA
Patrick Holladay, Clemson University, USA
Cynthia Longmire, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Stephanie Malin, Utah State University, USA
Jamie McEvoy, Utah State University, USA
Ryan Sharp,   University of Georgia, USA
Mike Quartuch, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Chris Raymond, University of South Australia, Australia
Eick von Ruschkowski, University of Germany, Hannover
Brandi Smith, Clemson University, USA
Jenn Thomsen, Clemson University, USA
Carena J. van Riper, Texas A&M University, USA
Kenny Wallen, Texas A&M University, USA
Adam Wilke, Iowa State University, USA


Student Forum

One of the primary goals of the SAC is to organize and plan the Student Forum. The forum is a professional development workshop that is typically held prior to the larger ISSRM meeting. The main objective of this event is to further enhance the ISSRM experience for new scholars, provide networking opportunities, and teach important professional development skills. Since the inception of the Student Forum at Utah State University in 2007, the forum has evolved into an important and memorable experience for students and professors alike. All students are encouraged to become more involved in the society and take advantage of the many opportunities offered at the forum, including workshops, panel discussions, and presentations.

View 2011 – Madison, Wisconsin Student Forum website

Quiz Bowl

The SAC was established to coordinate the student Quiz Bowl, a trivia competition that creates a place for student participants to informally interact and exchange ideas while incorporating a slight spirit of competition. If you attended ISSRM 2008 at the University of Vermont, you will undoubtedly recount the energy and enthusiasm that accompanied the first annual ISSRM Quiz Bowl. This event successfully brought together teams of students to foster collegiality, enhance knowledge of social science issues applied to the environment and natural resources, and highlight the strong research programs that are a traditional part of ISSRM.
View Official Quiz Bowl Rules

Contact for more information
For more information on the IASNR Student Affairs Committee, becoming involved in the SAC, the Student Forum or Quiz Bowl, or if you have any suggestions for student-related professional development activities, please contact one of the co-chairs.

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