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Warnell named "Clean Water Hero" by Georgia Water Coalition for White Dam Removal

Associate Professor, Fisheries

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Pictured: Dr. James Shelton

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Warnell 4-430
PhD, Auburn University - Fisheries Science
MS, Auburn University - Fisheries Science
BS, Nicholls State University - Marine Biology


Research Areas Detail:

Threatened aquatic species; water quality management in aquaculture and in fisheries biology.


WILD 3000, Intro to Fish and Wildlife Management

FANR 3200, Ecology of Natural Resources

FANR 3200L, Ecology of Natural Resources Lab

FISH 5360, Fisheries Management

FISH 5360L, Fisheries Management Lab

FISH 3900, Fisheries Internship

FISH 4650L, Fishes Field Lab

FANR 5690L, Natural Resources Management for Teachers

FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4550/6550-4550L/6550L, Sustainable Aquaculture/Sustainable Aquaculture Lab


Seminar: Environmental Governance: What Is It, How Do We Study It, and Why Should We Care

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 was born in Florida and grew up on Florida's Gulf Coast. After receiving my undergraduate degree from New College in Sarasota, I ventured west, working for the National Park Service and in other conservation-oriented positions. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Oregon State University, working at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in between. 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.

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Research Areas Detail:

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. Recent research projects include: an investigation of the feedbacks between mountain pine beetle epidemics, policy and governance responses, and forest management strategies, an interdisciplinary investigation of the ecological and social implications of intensive bioenergy feedstock production across North and South America; an examination of the institutional design and outcomes of a community-based rangeland fire management program in Oregon and Idaho; and an investigation of the roles of intermediary organizations in rural community development and natural resource stewardship.

Recent Citations:

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.

Dunn, C., C.D. O’Connor, J. Abrams, M.P. Thompson, D.E. Calkin, J.D. Johnston, R. Stratton, and J. Gilbertson-Day. 2019. Wildfire risk science facilitates adaptation of fire-prone social-ecological systems to the new fire reality. Environmental Research Letters.

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.

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.

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

Abrams, J., H. Huber-Stearns, M. Luviano Palmerin, C. Bone, M. Nelson, R.P. Bixler, and C. Moseley. 2018. Does policy respond to environmental change events? An analysis of mountain pine beetle epidemics in the western United States. Environmental Science and Policy 90: 102-109.

Abrams, J., E. Nielsen, D. Diaz, T. Selfa, E. Adams, J. Dunn, and C. Moseley. 2018. How do states benefit from non-state governance? Evidence from forest sustainability certification. Global Environmental Politics 18(3): 66-85.

Abrams, J., K. Wollstein, and E.J. Davis. 2018. State lines, fire lines, and lines of authority: Rangeland fire management and bottom-up cooperative federalism. Land Use Policy 75: 252-259.

Maier, C. and J. Abrams. 2018. Navigating constraints: A street-level perspective on national forest management in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Land Use Policy 70: 432-441.


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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