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John Schelhas

Research Forester
320 Green Street
Athen, GA 30602
Phone: 706-559-4260

Current Research

Social acceptability of bioenergy in the U.S. South. Social vulnerability and climate change. Private forest owner decision-making. Social context of public comment and environmental decision-making.

Research Interests

Social and cultural dimensions of natural resource use and conservation:

Environmental values. Land use choice. Social networks. Race/ethnicity.

Natural resource management and policy:

Land use and sustainable development. National parks and protected areas.

Forests on private lands. Participation, collaboration, and community-based approaches.

Interdisciplinary research. Relationships between research and practice.

Biofuels. Social vulnerability and climate change.

Past Research

Minority and limited-resource forest landowners in Alabama.

Forest Values in Central America.


Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources, 1991
University of Arizona
M.S. in Watershed Management, 1979
University of Arizona
B.S. in Natural Resources, 1977
University of Michigan

Professional Experience

Research Forester, Southern Research Station

Stationed at Tuskegee University

Research Associate and Senior Research Associate, Deptartment of Natural Resources, Cornell University

Coordinated NSF Research Training Grant, Cornell Program and Ecological and Social Science Challenges of Conservation

Awards and Recognition

Director’s Multicultural Organization Award, Southern Research Station, 2010
For significant contributions to the Agency's ability to meet the needs of minority and limited-resource forest landowners, and for outreach and edcuation of Tuskegee University students.

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