Department: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

The Department is dedicated to the education and involvement of diverse publics in natural resource decisions. HDNR has more than 90 years of collaborative research in parks and protected areas and contributes to informed decision making while conveying a broad based understanding of the way humans value, use and depend on the natural environment.

Conservation Leadership Through Learning Program Coordinator Search Open

This position will serve a leadership role in the administration and support of the Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) graduate program in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department. CLTL is a cohort-based, applied program that aims to equip students with higher level skills and knowledge to create meaningful conservation impact around the world.

people walking on a dirt road in Belize

New Course Offerings in Wilderness Leadership

Ever wonder how to navigate through timber to a rocky point above treeline? Are you willing to spend the night out under the stars in the company of others exploring the value of wilderness experiences? Are you looking for the class that fits your passions?


2018 HDNR Award Winners

We would like to congratulate HDNR faculty and students for winning the Outstanding Publication award, Outstanding mentorship award, and JVK Wagar Honor Senior Award. Congratulations Rebecca Gruby and Jennifer Solomon, and to our seniors Julie Lipson, Madeleine Sweeney, Lauren Hughes, and Kami Bakken!

Stuart Cottrell

Rise of populism affects wildlife management in U.S.

Researchers at Colorado State University and The Ohio State University have found that a cultural backlash stemming from the rise of populism may limit opportunities for state fish and wildlife agencies to adapt to changing social values in the United States. The team reached this conclusion by analyzing more than 12,000 surveys from 19 states and studying ballot initiatives related to hunting.

Male Elk

HDNR Event Coordinator Position Search Open

This position will assist with implementing and collaborate on program planning, development, and strategic communications in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR). Responsibilities encompass assisting in the promotion and marketing of HDNR programs, webpage design and maintenance, and student recruitment. Duties also include assisting in the strategic development of opportunities as related to the department’s undergraduate, graduate, research, and outreach programs.

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Geoff Elliot

Geoff Elliot, an alumnus of the Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) Master’s Program, believes that education is the foundation for what you want to achieve in a career. However, experience is what helps you find out exactly what you want to do. Elliot has worked as the Conservation Corps Manager for Rocky Mountain Conservancy in Estes Park, Colorado for four years.

Geoff Elliot portrait

Naked trees, Killer Beetles and Dirty Water

Videos taken during the Naked trees, Killer Beetles and Dirty Water collaborative honors seminar between Colorado State University and Colorado School of Mines are available…

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HDNR 2018 Visiting Scholars Announced

HDNR’s Two Visiting Scholars: Dr. Dan Decker – (soon to be emeritus, Cornell University) – Spring Semester 2019 Dan will be working on a commentary…

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

HDNR Tenure-track Faculty Position Open

Faculty Position – Assistant professor
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Warner College of Natural Resources – Colorado State University

Position Summary: This is a new resident-instruction/ on-campus tenure-track faculty position to support the department’s teaching, research, and outreach.  Workload will be distributed as 50% teaching/advising, 40% research and 10% service/outreach.