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Richard Melstrom

Associate Professor

Disciplines

  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Melstrom's research addresses the economics of environmental resources on topics related to ecosystem services, conservation, fisheries and environmental regulations. Recently, his research has focused on measuring the economic effects of land use regulations to protect imperiled species, and examining different methods for valuing the environment. Working with and mentoring students in research is an important part of Melstrom’s research program. Many of his recent publications are coauthored with students.

Tania Schusler

Advanced Lecturer and Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) Coordinator

Disciplines

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Schusler's research focuses on citizen participation and stakeholder engagement in environmental management. For example, she  investigated social learning among stakeholders involved in a participatory planning process that took place against the backdrop of controversy over natural resource management in New York’s East Ontario Basin. She has also documented the practices of educators who engage youth in local environmental action (e.g., habitat restoration, community gardening, policy analysis) and the outcomes of these experiences for young people. Her current research involves examining how participation and learning influence the sustainability of local communities.