John Schelhas, Ph.D.


Email: jschelhas@fs.fed.us
Phone: 334-727-8131

EDUCATION / TRAINING
University of Arizona, Ph.D., 1991 Renewable Natural Resource Studies. Minor: Anthropology. 
University of Arizona, M.S., 1979 Watershed Management.
University of Michigan, B.S., 1997 Natural Resources.

POSITIONS / EMPLOYMENT
Research Forester, Southern Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service. 1999 - present
Senior Research Associate, Department of Natural Resources; Coordinator, Program in Ecological and Social Science Challenges of Conservation. Cornell University. 1992 - 1999
International Policy Specialist. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. 1992

AREAS OF INTEREST
Social and cultural dimensions of natural resource use and conservation, including: Environmental values. Land use choice. Social networks. Race/ethnicity.
Natural resource management and policy, including:
Land use and sustainable development. National parks and protected areas.
Forests on private lands. Participation, collaboration, and community-based approaches.
Relationships between research and practice.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Schelhas, John, and Max J. Pfeffer. 2005. Forest values of national park neighbors in Costa Rica. Human Organization 64(4):385-397.
Pfeffer, Max J., John W. Schelhas, Stephen D. DeGloria and Jorge Gomez. 2005. Population, conservation, and land use change in Honduras. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 110(1-2):14-28.
Fraser, Rory, Buddhi Gyawalli, and John Schelhas. 2005. Blacks in space: Land tenure and well-being in Perry County, Alabama. Small Scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy 4(1):21-33.
Gan, Jianbang, Okwudili Onianwa, John Schelhas, Gerald C. Wheelock, and Mark R. Dubois. 2005. Does race matter in landowners’ participation in conservation incentive programs? Society and Natural Resources 18(5):421-435.
Schelhas, John, and Robert Zabawa. 2004. The social structure of family and farm forestry in Alabama. Proceedings of the IUFRO symposium, "Human Dimensions of Family and Farm Forestry." Washington State University Extension Bulletin MISC0526, Pullman, WA.
Onianwa, Okwudili, Gerald Wheelock, Buddhi Gyawali, Jianbang Gan, Mark Dubois, and John Schelhas. 2004. An evaluation of participation behavior of limited resource farmers in cost-share programs in Alabama. Journal of Agribusiness 22(1):17-29.
Schelhas, John, Robert Zabawa, and Joe Molnar. 2003. New opportunities for social research on forest landowners in the South. Southern Rural Sociology 19(1):60-69.
Schelhas, John. 2002. Race, ethnicity, and natural resources in the United States: A Review. Natural Resources Journal 42(4):723-763.
Buck, Louise E., Charles C. Geisler, and John Schelhas, Eva Wollenberg (eds). 2001. Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests through Adaptive Collaborative Management. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Pfeffer, Max, John Schelhas, and Leyla Day. 2001. Forest conservation, value conflict, and interest formation in a Honduran National Park. Rural Sociology 66(3):382-402.
Schelhas, John and Russell Greenberg (eds). 1996. Forest Patches in Tropical Landscapes. Washington, DC: Island Press.
Schelhas, John. 1996. Land use choice and change: Intensification and diversification in tropical lowland Costa Rica. Human Organization 55(3): 298-306

COURSES TAUGHT
Human Dimensions of Wildlife. Tuskegee University. Forestry 509. With Janet Haslerig. 2003-2006.

OUTREACH / SERVICE
Member, Board of Directors. Land Trust of East Alabama. Auburn, AL. 2002-present.
Vice-Chair for Public Awareness, Board of Directors, Organization for Tropical Studies, Durham, North Carolina and Costa Rica. 2000-2006.
Associate Editor, Society and Natural Resources (journal), 2005-2007.

RECENT AWARDS / HONORS
Fellow (elected). Society for Applied Anthropology. 2002.