Joel Hartter

Joel Hartter
Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Joel Hartter is currently an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and Associate Director for Professional Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research broadly focuses on the social and ecological impacts of landscape change and the implications for sustainable livelihoods. Joel’s work couples the use of geospatial technologies, forestry, and social science. He works in interdisciplinary teams that involve Carsey Fellows and colleagues from a variety of fields, institutions, and countries, including the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) project. His interest is to learn how rural landscapes change and adapt to coupled social and ecological change, focusing on regions of the American West that have historically been dominated by forest-product industries. These working landscapes are now faced with the challenges of changing communities, amenity growth, and altered ecosystems. Currently, Joel is the lead investigator of the Communities and Forests in Oregon (CAFOR) project that is examining the social and ecological change in the working landscapes of eastern Oregon.

Joel received his BS (German) and BSE (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, his MS (Forestry) from Oregon State University, and his PhD (Geography) from the University of Florida. He was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow from 2004 to 2007.

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