Joel Hartter is a Carsey Faculty Fellow, associate professor and associate director for Professional Education in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research broadly focuses on human-environment interactions working landscapes and public lands of the American West, as well as protected area landscapes in Africa. 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, as well as engagement with stakeholders. Joel directs the Communities and Forests in Oregon (CAFOR) project which examines the strategies people use to adapt to a changing climate and how they manage their forests to reduce wildfire risk. He also co-directs the Population, Environment, and Climate in the Albertine Rift (PECAR) project that examines the response of protected areas and communities that surround them to environmental change.
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.