Joel Hartter is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder and the faculty director for the MENV program. His teaching and scholarship focuses on human-environment interactions in working lands of the American West as well as protected area landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Joel works in interdisciplinary teams that involve colleagues from a variety of fields and stakeholder groups – including non-profits, industry, and agencies. He directs the Communities and Forests in Oregon (CAFOR) project which examines the strategies people use to adapt to a changing climate and how they manage their forests to reduce wildfire risk. He also co-directs the Population, Environment, and Climate in the Albertine Rift (PECAR) project that examines the interactions between protected areas and neighboring communities.
Joel received his BS (German) and BSE (mechanical engineering) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, his MS (forestry) from Oregon State University, and his PhD (geography) from the University of Florida.