Joel N. Hartter
Joel Hartter is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses broadly on human dimensions of environmental change. Since 2005, Joel has been working with communities in western Uganda around Kibale National Park to understand and resolve resource management issues. He currently leads the Kibale Landscape and Climate Project, in collaboration with researchers from the United States, Canada, and Uganda, to identify social and ecological impacts of climate variability in equatorial Africa. In addition, Joel manages a second project in the Pacific Northwest to investigate linkages between rural communities and healthy forests. At Carsey, he is using geospatial technologies to monitor and assess land use and land cover change in multiple sites across the United States as part of the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) project. His particular interests lie in landscape fragmentation, conservation and management of forestlands, and protected areas and neighboring communities.
Joel has conducted applied geographical research and developed methods for integrating social and ecological datasets and geospatial technologies to support natural resource management for Uganda Wildlife Authority and nongovernmental organizations, local governments, and landowners in Uganda. He actively partners with the U.S. Forest Service, state agencies, local nongovernmental organizations, and practitioners to support policy making and land management in the Pacific Northwest. He was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow from 2004 to 2007.
Joel holds a bachelor's degree in German and in mechanical engineering btoh from the Univeristy of Michigan, a Master's in Forestry from Oregon State University and a doctorate degree in Geography from the University of Florida.
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