John Schelhas

John Schelhas is a Research Forester with the Southern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. His research centers on relationships between people and forests. His primary research focus is private forest landowners and rural communities, addressing topics such as land use decision-making, environmental values and discourse, forest-based rural development, race and ethnicity, relationships between protected areas and their neighbors, invasive plants, bioenergy, and climate change. He has conducted research in Latin America and the U.S. South. He holds a Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources with a Minor in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He has worked as a researcher at Cornell University and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and has also worked for the U.S. National Park Service and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.

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