The Department of Environment and Society

Welcome to the Department of Environment and Society. We deliver undergraduate education in environmental studies, recreation resource management, geography, and geospatial information science. We deliver graduate education in interdisciplinary environmental social science, ecology, recreation resource management, geography, and environmental policy. Our researchers use the social, environmental, and interdisciplinary sciences to understand human-environment interactions at a range of spatial scales and to bring human considerations into natural resource and environmental management.

Our faculty promote people-centered solutions for sustainability transitions and for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience. Together, we have expertise in various disciplines and fields, including archaeoecology; ecological economics; ecology; environmental, social, and behavioral sciences; geographic information science (GIS); human-environment geography; land change science; natural resource and environmental policy; and recreation resource management.

Values of community engagement inform our teaching, and we are USU-certified as a Community-Engaged Department. We also aspire to be inclusive in our teaching, research, and Extension practices, to forward the goals of socio-environmental justice, and to work towards greater diversity of community.

Chris Luecke Announces Retirement

Previous dean of QCNR, Chris Luecke, announced his retirement from the college in December 2022. His research and service have shaped the QCNR community in significant and lasting ways over the course of his career.

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During the Fall and Spring Semesters, QCNR regularly hosts weekly seminars and webinars featuring academics and professionals in natural resources fields from around the world.