close up photo of Joel Hartter
Professor • Director of MENV • Associate Chair Professional Programs
Environmental Studies • Masters of the Environment

Office: SEEC S106B

Office Hours

  • Wednesdays 3 - 4 pm

Please sign-up for a 15-minute slot online via Calendly

Affiliated Departments

Center of the American West
CU Population Center 
CU Natural Hazards Center


PhD (Geography) University of Florida
MS (Forestry) from Oregon State University,
BS (German) and BSE (Mechanical Engineering) University of Michigan at Ann Arbor,

Research Interests

Outdoor recreation economy, human-environment interactions, conservation, natural resource management


Joel Hartter is a geographer who specializes in human dimensions of global change. He joined the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado in 2014 after 6 ½ years at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Hartter remains affiliated with the university of New hampshire Department of Geogrpahy, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Carsey School of Public Policy. His research program focuses on human behavior, land use/land cover change, population change and migration, conservation and protected area management, and human health. He has active projects in East and Southern Africa, Madagascar, South America, and the US West of the US. He was a US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow from 2004 to 2007.

You can learn more about his work here.

A Note to Prospective Graduate Students

I’m eager to work with hard-working, excellent students. If you are considering applying to the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado and would like to work with me on one of my ongoing projects in Africa or the US West or something completely new, please send me an email with these attachments:

  1. C.V. or resume
  2. Transcript (unofficial is fine, but just make sure to include your major, GPA, and department)
  3. A statement describing your research interests
  4. A description of why you’d like to enroll in the Environmental Studies program, your skills, and how you see yourself fitting in with my research group
  5. If relevant, any publications (peer reviewed literature, agency reports that you authored, poster PDFs, conference proceedings, e.g., please include copies or links to hosted locations).

I prefer to discuss research interests with potential graduate students in person, by telephone or Skype before making decisions. Please contact me as soon as you decide that you would like to apply. My preferred and best method of contact is email. 

*Only accepting students for Fall 2022 if they come in with their own funding.