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Department of Natural Resources and Society
CNR 15

College of Natural Resources
phone: (208) 885-7911
fax: (208) 885-6226

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow, ID 83844-1139
Conservation Social Sciences associate professor Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson

Office: CNR 19E
Phone: (208) 885-7431
Email: pwilson@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1139

College of Natural Resources
Conservation Social Sciences
Associate Professor
Interim Department Head

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1997

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
    • Public Lands Management, Deregulation and Regulatory Policy
    • Government
    • Energy and Water Policy
  • Biography

    A native of the Pacific Northwest, joined the faculty of the University of Idaho in 1997 to teach American government, environmental politics, and natural resource policy. In 2007 transferred to the College of Natural Resources to further research interests in the areas of public lands management and endangered species politics. The purpose of past and future research is to explain from a political science perspective how humankind manages the landscape on which we live, and how past choices and present options combine to shape future outcomes. Current research projects include the politics of public land use in Idaho, and the future of the hydropower system in the Columbia Basin. Previous research has included: collaborative hydropower relicensing, game theory and the management of the national forests, and a set of projects that explored the growing role played by native tribes in the management of natural resources. An interest in local land use management includes membership on the Zoning Commission, Latah County.

  • Selected Publications
    • 2014. The Politics of Concrete: Institutions, Infrastructure, and Water Policy. Society and Natural Resources (in press)
    • 2012. with T. E. Hall and L. E. Kruger. Riparian Area Protection and Outdoor Recreation: Lessons from the Northwest Forest Plan, Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research, Volume 2, No. 2, pp. 131-141.
    • 2011. with K. Akamani. Toward the Adaptive Governance of Transboundary Water Resources, Conservation Letters, Volume 4, No. 6, pp. 409-416.
    • 2008. Preservation vs. Motorized Recreation: Institutions, History, and Public Lands Management, Social Science Journal, Volume 45, No1, pp.194-202.
    • 2006. Collaborative Relicensing Revisited: The Spokane River Alternative Licensing Process, Environmental Practice, Volume 8, No. 4, pp. 251-255.
    • 2006. Forward to the Past: Wolves and ESA Politics in the Northern Rockies, Society and Natural Resources, Volume 19, No. 9, pp. 863-870.
    • 2004. with L.J. Carlson. Beyond Zero-Sum: Game Theory and National Forest Management, Social Science Journal, Volume 41, No. 4, pp. 637-650.
    • 2002. Tribes, States, and the Cooperative Management of Lake Watersheds: Lakes Coeur d’Alene and Flathead, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Volume 32, No. 3, pp. 115-131.