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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

In many cases, you could stand at the edge of one village and see the outskirts of the next community. Yet the residents of each village spoke completely different languages. According to recent work by my colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, this island, just 100 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide, is home to speakers of perhaps 40 different indigenous languages. Why so many?

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Central China Normal University and HDNR Extend MTM China Agreement

Dean Hu Jin and Vice Dean Gong Jian of the Chinese Tourism Academy, Wuhan Branch, and Central China Normal University (CCNU) Graduate School Vice Dean Zhang Shun and Professor Wu Yijin visited campus to extend the agreement for our collaborative program, The Master of Tourism Management program in China (MTM-China) through CSU Online. 

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