About Chad

Growing up in Michigan spending time at my family's apple orchard and at public lands nearby inspired me to earn a B.S. in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at CSU. After working for the US Forest Service and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, I joined the Nevada Conservation Corps and worked on many different restoration projects on public lands across the state. I earned my M.S. degree at the University of Idaho studying people's attitudes about forest management after mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Grand County, CO. My Ph.D. research at Oregon State University investigated people's perceptions of post-fire landscape recovery and the implications for forest and fire management. Then, my post-doc work at Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and Great Basin Institute focused on human dimensions of natural resource issues, including wildfire management, recreation management on public lands, Oregon residents' attitudes about tourism, and collaborative land management. I am excited to be back at CSU and working with Dr. Courtney Schultz' Public Lands Policy Group.

Google Scholar Profile CV


  • Social Science
  • Public Lands
  • Policy
  • Wildfire Management
  • Collaborative Forest Management
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Wilderness Management
  • Outreach and Communication


Ph.D., Forest Ecosystems and Society - Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, 2016

M.S., Conservation Social Sciences - University of Idaho
Moscow, ID, 2011

B.S., Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2005