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The work of SNRE professor Barron Orr and other UA colleagues was highlighted in the current issues of East Valley Living, a publication covering community news in the Greater Phoenix area.
Steve Woods and Tim Finan receive grant to study Bedouin ethnoecology, range science and sustainable pastoralism
Steve Woods and George Ruyle receive grant to study the Influences of society, politics and local knowledge on ranch management
The practical importance of understanding land management as a combination of human and ecological systems is increasingly recognized. Rancher decision making likely relies on both science-based and locally acquired knowledge of the natural environment. Choices can be constrained by public perceptions and threats of legal action to control ranchers’ use of public lands, an essential component to ranching in Arizona. However, with the exception of economics and policy, the human dimension has rarely been integrated with U.S. ranch management and ecology.
The effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska are still felt on the landscape of Prince William Sound. The area is also seeing anincrease in tourism and recreation as infrastructure has made the area more accessible. New research undertaken in part by Dr. Randy Gimblett in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment asks: How do recreation and subsistance activities interact with a region still recovering from the Exxon Valdez Oil spill?
Area of Expertise:Wildlife conservation, conservation biology, human dimensions of natural resources
Dr. Shaw gives Grey Whale a kiss in San Ignacio, Baja California.