Integrative and Public Land Management Track

Faculty & Staff


Melanie  Armstrong , Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor & Public Lands Coordinator
Office Location: Kelley Hall 109
D. Scott Borden, Ph.D. headshot
Graduate Faculty for Master in Environmental Management (MEM), Adjunct Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA, Coordinator of the Sustainable and Resilient Communities MEM Track, Resilience Studies Consortium Coordinator
B.A., Western Colorado University, M.A., Prescott College, Ph.D., University of Exeter
Phone: 970.943.2294
Office Location: Kelley Hall 108
Kate Clark, Ph.D.  headshot
Director of Undergraduate Environment and Sustainability Program; Graduate Faculty in Master in Environmental Management programs, Environment and Sustainability and Sociology programs
B.A., James Madison University, M.S. University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Environmental Studies University of Colorado Boulder
Office Location: Kelley Hall 146
Luke  Danielson, J.D.  headshot
Clark Sustainable Development Chair in Environment & Sustainability
J.D., University of California School of Law, B.A., Antioch College
Phone: 303.912.0855
Office Location: Kelley Hall 206
Suzanne Ewy, J.D. headshot
Coldharbour Chair in Environment & Sustainability, Executive Director, Coldharbour Institute
J.D., Seattle Law School, M.S.L., Vermont Law School, B.S., Fort Lewis College
Phone: 970.943.2023
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
Karen Hausdoerffer, MFA headshot
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Stanford University, M.F.A., University of Idaho
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114B
John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.  headshot
Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Western Colorado University; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: 970.943.3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 142
Corinne Knapp, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, and Integrative and Public Land Management MEM Coordinator
B.A., University of Colorado, M.S., Colorado State University, Ph.D., University of Alaska
Office Location: Kelley Hall 106
Jeff Sellen, Ph.D.  headshot
Director of Environment & Sustainability, Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Director of the Colorado Water Workshop
B.A., Wartburg College , M.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha, Ph.D., Washington State University
Phone: 970.943.3162
Office Location: Kelley Hall 104
Sally Thode headshot
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.S., Colorado State University, M.S., Colorado State University
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
Jessica Young, Ph.D. headshot
Global Coordinator, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability
B.A., University of California San Diego, Ph.D., Purdue University
Phone: 970.943.2195
Office Location: Leslie J. Savage Library 120

The Integrative and Public Land Management (ILPM) emphasis prepares students for careers in:

  • Public lands management
  • Private land conservation
  • Conservation advocacy

Integrative and Public Land Management ​cultivates vital skills to facilitate the integration of land, water, energy, wildlife and human societies in public and private land management decisions. Students learn how to manage diverse stakeholder values and interests to build sustainable and resilient social-ecological systems. Our students have a high professional placement rate (over 90%) with careers in public land management, private land conservation, conservation advocacy, environmental consulting companies, and non-profit management.

Integrative land management focuses on complex landscapes shaped by ecology, culture, policy, and economy. Looking at management issues through the lens of resilience gives insight into how landowners and public agencies can build the adaptive capacity of ecosystems and livelihoods in the face of climate, changing demographics, and increased pressures on private and federal lands. This approach enhances and challenges traditional notions of managing finite and dwindling natural resources, favoring management schemes that enable social-ecological systems to adapt.

Why Western?

Gunnison County contains 80 percent public lands, tremendous natural resource wealth, and working agricultural landscapes. Government agencies, nonprofits, extractive industries, recreation seekers, and ranchers actively negotiate the best use of these lands. There is no better laboratory for graduate-level study and praxis than the lands surrounding Western.

This program also focuses on land management in the face of climate change, a reality influencing most public and private land management decisions. Studying how to mitigate and adapt to an increasingly volatile climate in one of the coldest spots in the United States offers a unique opportunity for environmental management professionals.

M.E.M. track in Integrative and Public Land Management:

  1. Complete 20-credit Core
  2. ENVS 618: Public Lands Management
  3. Choose three (9 credit total; samples will evolve, depending on job, faculty and student interests); ENVS 625 - Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management (3 credit) will include such course titles as:
    • Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) for Environmental Managers
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Sustainable Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Private Land Management
    • Foundation of Ecosystems: Plants & Soils
    • Restoration Ecology
    • Environmental Education and Interpretation
  4. Complete Master's Project and Portfolio (14 credits)