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Dr. Jesse Abrams

Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability

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B.A. Environmental Studies, New College, 1998
M.S., Forest Resources, Oregon State University, 2004
Ph.D., Forest Resources, Oregon State University, 2011

I hold Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Forest Resources from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New College of Florida. Between 2004 and 2007, I worked for the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University. After receiving my doctoral degree in 2011, I spent two years as a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and five years as a research associate at the Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon. I have also held various non-academic positions with the National Park Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and other organizations.

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My work on natural resource governance and policy spans diverse forest and rangeland environments from the United States to Argentina, focusing on the participation of local communities and local- to regional-scale organizations in environmental governance, policy implementation, and institutional change. Key themes in his scholarship include: adaptive, participatory, and network governance; co-management and co-production; alternatives to traditional state- and market-led approaches to conservation and development; and the dynamics of rural community engagement with natural resource stewardship and conservation. One of my current projects examines state-level implementation of the "Shared Stewardship" strategy that seeks to better coordinate among federal, state, county, tribal, and private landowners and managers.  

Recent Citations:

Abrams, J., H. Huber-Stearns, M. Steen-Adams, E.J. Davis, C. Bone, M. Nelson, and C. Moseley. 2020 Adaptive governance in a complex social-ecological context: Emergent responses to a native forest insect outbreak. Sustainability Science

Timberlake, T., C. Schultz, A. Evans, and J. Abrams. 2020. Integrating new and old institutions in planning for resilience: A case study of public land management in the United States. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Gutierrez Garzon, A.R., P. Bettinger, J. Siry, J. Abrams, C. Cieszewski, K. Boston, B. Mei, H. Zengin, and A. Yesil. 2020. A comparative analysis of five forest certification programs. Forests 11: 863.

Steen-Adams, M., J. Abrams, H. Huber-Stearns, C. Moseley, and C. Bone. 2020. Local-level emergence of network governance within the U.S. Forest Service: A case study of mountain pine beetle outbreak from Colorado, USA. Forest Policy and Economics 102204.

Charnley, S., H. Gosnell, R. Davee, and J. Abrams. 2020. Ranchers and beavers: Understanding the human dimensions of beaver-related stream restoration on western rangelands. Rangeland Ecology and Management

Denley, T.J., K.M. Woosnam, M.A. Ribeiro, B.B. Boley, C. Hehir, and J. Abrams. 2020. Individuals’ intentions to engage in last chance tourism: Applying the value-belief-norm model. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 28(11): 1860-1881.

Dunn, C., C.D. O’Connor, J. Abrams, M.P. Thompson, D.E. Calkin, J.D. Johnston, R. Stratton, and J. Gilbertson-Day. 2020. Wildfire risk science facilitates adaptation of fire-prone social-ecological systems to the new fire reality. Environmental Research Letters 15: 025001.

Gutierrez Garzon, A.R., P. Bettinger, J. Siry, B. Mei, and J. Abrams. 2020. The terms foresters and planners in the United States use to infer sustainability in forest management plans: A survey analysis. Sustainability 12(1): 17.

Gosnell, H., R. Kennedy, T. Harris, and J. Abrams. 2019. A land systems science approach to assessing forest governance and characterizing the emergence of social forestry in the Western Cascades of Oregon. Environmental Research Letters 15: 055003.

K. Jones, J. Abrams, T. Belote, B.J. Beltran, J. Brandt, N. Carter, A.J. Castro, B.C. Chaffin, A. Metcalf, G. Roesch-McNally, K. Wallen, and M.A. Williamson. 2019. The American West as a social-ecological region: Drivers, dynamics and implications for nested social-ecological systems. Environmental Research Letters 14: 115008.

Abrams, J. 2019. The emergence of network governance in U.S. national forest administration: Causal factors and propositions for future research. Forest Policy and Economics 106: 101977.

Davis, E.J., J. Abrams, and K. Wollstein. 2019. Fire on the range: Emergent and established characteristics in Rangeland Fire Protection Associations. Disasters  44(3): 435-454.

Abrams, J., H. Huber-Stearns, H. Gosnell, A. Santo, S. Duffey, and C. Moseley. 2019. Tracking a governance transition: Piloting indicators for social forestry on national forestlands in the United States. Society and Natural Resources 33(4): 504-523.

Gandhi, K., F. Campbell, and J. Abrams. 2019. Current status of forest health policy in the United States. Insects 10(4): 106.

Altaweel, M., C. Bone, and J. Abrams. 2019. Documents as data: A content analysis and topic modeling approach for analyzing responses to ecological disturbances. Ecological Informatics 51: 82-95.

Abrams, J., E. Pischke, M. A. Mesa Jurado, A. Eastmond, C. Silva, and C. Moseley. 2019. Between environmental change and neoliberalism: The effects of oil palm production on livelihood resilience. Society and Natural Resources 32(5): 548-565.

Abrams, J., D. Córdoba, R. Sidortsov, C. Schelly, and H. Gorman. 2019. Power within and beyond the state: Understanding how power relations shape environmental management. Pp. 21-32 in K. Halvorsen, C. Schelly, R. Handler, E. Pischke, and J.L. Knowlton (eds.), A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press.


I teach courses related to the social and political dimensions of natural resource management, including the undergraduate-level Society and Natural Resources (FANR 3400/D) and the mixed undergraduate/graduate-level course Renewable Resources Policy (FANR 4800/6800). I also offer graduate-level courses in social and political theory for natural resource management and qualitative research methods in alternating years. I am interested in innovative approaches to teaching, including experiential and collaborative teaching approaches that can be used in place of or alongside traditional lecture and discussion formats. 

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I serve on the Warnell School's Diversity and Teaching Effectiveness Committees along with UGA's Sustainability Steering Committee. In 2021 I begin my position on the Council of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), where I am leading planning for the 2021 Virtual IASNR Conference and am helping to plan the 2022 IASNR Conference in San José, Costa Rica. Additionally, I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Forest Policy and Economics and am a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.