Joel Hartter
Environmental Studies


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  • PhD in Geography from the University of Florida
  • MS in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan
  • BS in German from the University of Michigan

Research and practice interests

  • Private sector engagement in sustainability, ESG, Climate Action, and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Net Zero and low carbon strategy
  • Bioeconomy strategy and implementation
  • Nature and land-based solutions that achieve benefits for climate, water, biodiversity, and humans
  • Sustainable supply chains

A Note to Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Hartter is always open to hearing from prospective graduate students who would like to work with him. If you are interested in pursuing an MS or PhD with Dr. Hartter, please email him with your CV and an email outlining you’re your professional and academic background and your research interests. Please note that Dr. Hartter does not have any dedicated funding to support new students beginning in August 2023.


Dr. Hartter is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and was the founding director of the Masters of the Environment and Outdoor Recreation Economy programs.

Dr. Hartter’s expertise is in sustainability, resilience, behavioral change, stakeholder engagement, business development, partnership building, out-of-the-box thinking, and leading change. For the last 20 years, Dr. Hartter has worked around the world as a scientist, consultant, engineer, and an educator, leading large, complex projects across Africa, South America, and the US.  Dr. Hartter is an internationally recognized expert in sustainability and has led projects around the world in conservation management, climate change, health, economic development, and tourism. He has also served in various advisory and consulting capacities for communities, non-profits, and organizations in areas of conservation, sustainability, stakeholder engagement, recreation management, and economic development. Dr. Hartter supports organizations, communities, and governments across the US and internationally to build capacity, engender and empower inclusive and diverse stakeholder participation, strengthen local economies, and make progress on sustainability goals.