The International Association for Society and Natural Resources is the home to over 4200 members over the past 25 years. They are professionals from a variety of social science and natural science backgrounds who bear research and application strategies pertaining to the environment and natural resource issues.

Our membership covers over 45 counties around the world.
A membership directory is now available for all members.




Kathleen (Kathy) E. Halvorsen, Executive Director
Michigan Technological University

Kathleen (Kathy) E. Halvorsen is a natural resource policy scientist with an undergraduate degree in natural resource economics. She has been on the Michigan Technological University faculty since 1995 with a joint appointment to the Department of Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Her interests have always focused on the governance of human-environmental relationships. Kathy’s research projects generally involve large, transdisciplinary, international groups of social, natural, and engineering scientists focused on environmental sustainability problems, especially climate mitigation and biodiversity protection. She attended her first ISSRM in 1992 when she was a masters student and has been an IASNR member since it was founded. Kathy has served on the IASNR Council, as Associate Editor of Society and Natural Resources, and co-organized ISSRM 2016 in Houghton, Michigan, USA. She currently serves as Executive Director, IASNR.


Courtney Flint, Treasurer
Utah State University

Courtney Flint is Professor of Sociology at Utah State University. Her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology is from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 and she has two earlier degrees in Geography. Her research and teaching focus on interdisciplinary perspectives and methods on relationships between people and natural resources, including climate adaptation, water resource sustainability, farming and conservation, and mountain landscape development. Courtney is the current Treasurer of IASNR. She previously served on IASNR Council (2013-2016) and as Co-Program Chair of ISSRM 2011.


council_IMG_4242_sZhao Ma, Secretary
Purdue University

Zhao Ma is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Natural Resource Social Science in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Her research examines how individuals and organizations make environmental and natural resource decisions within the context of social-ecological change. She teaches two undergraduate courses, Introduction to Environmental Policy and Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management. Zhao has been a member of IASNR since 2007, and has been serving as a council member since 2014.


Council Members

council_IMG_4243_sMysha Clarke, Student Representative
Purdue University

Mysha Clarke is a 2nd year PhD student at Purdue University studying Natural Resources Social Sciences in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Her dissertation research studies the human and policy dimensions of non-industrial private forest owners. Her research focuses on NIPF owners’ decision making and risk perceptions of terrestrial invasive plants in Indiana. She is native to Jamaica and also serves as a AAAS Emerging Leader in Science and Society Fellow (ELISS). Mysha serves as the Student Representative Elect.


Steven (Steve) Daniels
Utah State University

Steve Daniels is on the faculty at Utah State University, with an appointment with Cooperative Extension as a Community Development Specialist and as a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology.  He had previously spent a little more than 10 years on the faculty of Oregon State University as a forest economics and policy professor.  The thread that has tied his career together is desire to improve natural resource decisions in the Rocky Mountain region (expansively defined), and that has led to a longstanding involvement in collaborative approaches to decision making,  as variously a researcher, facilitator, coach, and trainer.


council_IMG_4243_sPaige Fischer
University of Michigan

Paige Fischer is Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. The focus of her research and teaching is on human behavior as it relates to the sustainability of forests as socio-ecological systems. She investigates factors that enable and constrain human adaptation to natural hazards and climate-driven change in forest systems. Paige has been interested in human-forest interactions throughout her life. She grew up in Oregon where she developed a deep appreciation for forests and the communities that depend on them. She pursued undergraduate study in cultural anthropology at Hampshire College. After graduating she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study cultural influences on forest use in a village in Sri Lanka. She then worked for the San Francisco-based conservation organization, Pacific Environment, leading a program on international forest and trade policy in the Pacific Rim region. Paige received master’s and PhD degrees in natural resource sociology at Oregon State University. Her research there was on private landowners’ behavioral motivations to conserve oak habitat. Before joining the faculty at SNRE she was a Research Social Scientist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the Forest Service where she investigated private landowner wildfire risk perceptions and mitigation behaviors and the capacity of a network of natural resource organizations to adapt to increasing wildfire risk.

council_IMG_4249_sThomas E. Fish
U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service

Tom Fish has worked in natural resource management, planning, education, and research for >25 years, participating in ISSRMs since 1996 and serving on the IASNR Council since 2010. Tom’s interests stem from time spent on water, land, and air (as a pilot) in wild, rural, and urban settings – ever-curious about “why people do what they do” and the reciprocal relationships that stave off or drive change. Experiences in federal (NPS, NOAA, USFS) and state (FL) government, academia, nonprofit, private consulting, and community service all continue to influence his perspective on the utility of multidisciplinary science for tackling complex problems. His work supports development of “usable knowledge” through collaboration between government agencies, academic institutions, and conservation organizations – engaging students, educators, scholars, protected area managers, and other decision-makers in domestic and international public trust resource research, stewardship, and capacity building; and interagency service promoting coordinated integration of social science as “good governance.” As an outspoken advocate for social science in the public natural resources arena, he feels fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on Council to advance IASNR’s goals.

council_IMG_4243_sKristin Floress
USFS Northern Research Station

Kristin Floress is a Research Social Scientist with the United States Forest Service. She has been involved with IASNR since she was a M.S. student in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University. She earned her PhD in Natural Resources Social Science from Purdue University in 2008, and her research interests range from examining factors influencing individual conservation behaviors to those impacting landscape scale conservation partnerships. Kristin’s current projects examine stakeholder responses to restoration across a gradient of disturbances, family forest owner behaviors, and adoption of water quality best management practices by agricultural and non-agricultural audiences.


council_IMG_4242_sAnne Junod, Student Representative-Elect
Ohio State University

Anne Junod is a PhD student at Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Anne’s research centers around the social and environmental impacts of energy development and the individual and social conditions associated with related public attitudes and perceptions of risk. Anne focuses on oil and gas as well as on-and-offshore wind energy regimes, and the relationships between their development, public responses, and policy and civic outcomes. She is interested in multi-paradigm theoretical frameworks to orient her work, including sociology, philosophy, aesthetics, and evolutionary biology. Anne also supports the coordination of energy impacts research and researchers across social science disciplines as part of the NSF-funded Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network ( She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Rural Sociology and Community Development.

Neelam C. Poudyal
University of Tennessee

Neelam is a young social scientist working in the field of natural resource management. Currently, he is a faculty of natural resource policy and human dimensions at the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. Previously, he worked  as a faculty of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. He comes with an interdisciplinary background with degrees in forestry, geography, and resource economics, and therefore brings a unique yet dynamic perspective to work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines. He has also been involved in several peer organizations at national and regional level. Earlier, he worked as a community forestry officer in rural Nepal to help local communities manage forest resources, and more recently, he is involved in research projects primarily in the United States. Having grown up in South Asia and trained in schools from both developing and developed countries, he hopes to add a unique cross-cultural dimension into this international organization. He has been a member of IASNR since 2006 and has attended ISSRM meetings regularly over the years.

council_IMG_4243_sRudy M. Schuster
Fort Collins Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey

Rudy Schuster has an undergraduate degree in geology and chemistry, an masters in geography, and Ph.D. in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management. He was an associate professor at the State University of New York college of Environmental Science and Forestry on the Forest and Natural Resource Management Faculty before joining the federal government. Currently, Rudy is Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey, Social & Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch. The SEA Branch provides unique capabilities in the USGS by leading projects that integrate social, behavioral, economic, and natural science in the context of human–natural resource interactions. SEA has an interdisciplinary group of scientists whose primary functions are to conduct both theoretical and applied social science research, provide technical assistance, and offer training to support the development of skills in natural resource management activities. The goal of SEA’s research is to enhance natural-resource management, agency functions, policies, and decision-making.

Erin Seekamp
North Carolina State University

Erin Seekamp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management (PRTM) at NC State University. Her research focuses on conservation behaviors, partnerships, and community capacity building within the human dimensions of natural resource management and sustainable tourism fields. Currently, Erin is examining climate readiness in communities dependent on nature-based recreation and tourism, as well as assessing perceptions of adaptive planning options for managing cultural resources vulnerable to sea level rise and shoreline erosion. Erin also serves as the PRTM Department Extension Leader for the NC Cooperative Extension Service, serving rural communities by facilitating sustainable and equitable tourism development. She joined IASNR in 2004 and has served on the IASNR Council since 2013.

council_IMG_4247_sRich Stedman
Cornell University

Rich Stedman is a Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University where he also is Associate Director of the Human Dimensions Research Unit, which transitions during summer 2018 to the Cornell Center for Conservation Social Sciences.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and taught for 6 years in the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at The Pennsylvania State University. His research and teaching emphasizes sense of place, social-ecological systems, energy transitions, and resource dependence.  He served previously on IASNR Council from 2006-2009, served on the Scientific Committee for the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management meetings in 2017 and 2018, and served two stints as Associate Editor for Society and Natural Resources (2003-2008).

Carena J. van Riper
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carena van Riper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. She is an environmental social scientist who focuses her teaching and research program on the psychological processes that influence environmental behavior. She is particularly interested in understanding how values shape stakeholder decisions about natural resource management challenges. Currently, she is leading research that solves problems tied to engaging gateway communities near protected areas in Alaska, minimizing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes basin, and mapping social values of ecosystem services in the Midwest. Carena has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, generated $1.8 million in research funding, and worked closely with graduate students to incorporate results into resource management decisions. Carena has been deeply involved with the IASNR and ISSRM since 2007, serving in capacities such as Coordinator of the 2nd annual ISSRM Student Forum, Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, Founder of the ISSRM Quiz Bowl, and now a member of the IASNR Council.

SNR Editors in Chief

Linda S. Prokopy, Editor-in-Chief, 
Professor of Natural Resources Social Science
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Linda Prokopy is Editor-in-Chief of Society and Natural Resources (2017-2010) together with Tasos Hovardas.  She is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center.  She is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work incorporating social science into the fields of agricultural conservation, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and watershed management.  She also conducts research on the human dimensions of non-charismatic wildlife and has conducted research about public participation in natural resource management in rural India and Peru. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles (including 5 in Society and Natural Resources),  she has generated over $12 million in competitive research funds, and she has graduated and mentored numerous graduate students and postdocs.  She has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of American Water Resources Association, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, and the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.

Tasos Hovardas, Editor-in-Chief,
Research in Science and Technology Education Group
University of Cyprus

Tasos Hovardas is Editor-In-Chief of Society & Natural Resources (2017-2020) together with Linda Prokopy. He has served as an Associate Editor for Society & Natural Resources since 2013. He has worked on environmental social science, environmental education, and science education research projects. Tasos is the Human Dimensions Expert of CALLISTO – Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society and he is providing consultancy services to the EU Platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores. He is currently editing a volume to be published by Routledge on human dimensions of large carnivore conservation and management. His research interests include human dimensions of natural resource management, stakeholder engagement and communication, environmental education and outreach. He is based at the University of Cyprus, and his teaching concentrates on ecology and society, social science research methods, and model-based inquiry learning.


Jessica Hill, Assistant Editor,
International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR)

Jessica Hill is the Assistant Editor of Society & Natural Resources (SNR) together will Editors-in-Chief Linda Prokopy and Tasos Hovardas. She began working with SNR in the Fall of 2017. Since 2013, she has worked alongside the IASNR Council to manage the IASNR Office. Additionally, she works closely with the Conference Planning Committee to organize and facilitate the ISSRM. Jessica obtained her graduate degree at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include rural sociology, place attachment and meaning, wildlife conservation, and renewable energy development.



IASNR Ex Officios

Matthew S. Carroll, Washington State University
Al Luloff, Pennsylvania State University,
Don Field, University of Wisconsin,
Rick Krannich, Utah State University,
Tom Beckley, University of New Brunswick,
Troy Hall, Oregon State University,

Council Meeting Minutes

2016 IASNR Council Meeting Minutes
2016 IASNR Business Meeting Minutes

2015 IASNR Council Meeting Minutes
2015 IASNR Business Meeting Minutes

2013 IASNR 4th Quarter Meeting Minutes
2013 IASNR Council Meeting Minutes

2012 Council meeting minutes – Final
2012 IASNR Business Meeting Minutes

2010 IASNR Business Meeting Minutes
2010 IASNR Council Meeting Minutes

2009 Business Meeting Minutes
2009 Council Meeting Minutes

2008 Business Meeting Minutes
2008 Council Meeting Minutes

2007 Business Meeting Minutes
2007 Council Meeting Minutes