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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Jo Ellen Force

Jo Ellen Force

Office: CNR 204A
Phone: (208) 885-7311
Email: joellen@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Physics

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1979

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Forest policy and the relationships between people and natural resources
    • Human Ecosystem Model and related studies
    • Forest social science
    • Public involvement
    • Community forestry
  • Biography

    Jo Ellen Force has had an interdisciplinary background throughout her academia career. She continues to cross disciplinary boundaries during the 2014-15 Academic Year as she serves in a part time (40%) position as the Interim Chair of the Department of Physics, College of Science. She has over 16 years of experience at the University of Idaho as a department head in the College of Natural Resources, where she continues her teaching and research activities in the area of natural resources policy.”

    Following her childhood on a family farm in central Iowa, she went to Iowa State University where she majored in chemistry. She then taught math and science in a junior high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her next adventure was at Ohio State University, where she received her Master of Science in natural resource management and policy and a doctorate in systems engineering and analysis.

    Since joining the College of Natural Resources faculty at the University of Idaho, she has taught courses ranging from modeling and land use planning to forest policy. Her research examines the relationships between people and our natural resources, particularly focusing on forest ecosystems. For 13 years, she was the lead instructor for a six-week intensive workshop on land use planning for students from developing countries. She has conducted workshops in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and is currently a co-PI in Idaho’s second National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) grant with students located both at the University of Idaho and in Costa Rica. For over 16 years, she served as department head of the Forest Resources department which is now the Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences department.

    She loves ethnic food and travel – and has visited every continent, including Antarctica where she saw thousands of penguins. She has also visited all 50 US states and nearly 50 countries. Her pastimes include attending symphony and chamber music concerts, live theater productions and reading mysteries.

  • Selected Publications

    Blades, Jarod, P. Zion Klos, Kerry Kemp, Troy Hall, Jo Ellen Force, Penelope Morgan, and Wade Tinkham. (In press, Forest Ecology & Management, July 2015). Forest Managers Response to Climate Change Science: Evaluating Information Exchange Across Boundaries.

    Kemp, Kerry B., Jarod J. Blades, P. Zion Klos, Troy E. Hall, Jo Ellen Force, Penelope Morgan, and Wade T. Tinkham. 2015. Managing for Climate Change on Federal Lands of the Western U.S.: Perceived Usefulness of Climate Science, Effectiveness of Adaptation Strategies, and Barriers to Implementation. Ecology and Society 20(2):17.
    [online] URL: http//www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol20/iss2/art17/.

    Goldberg, C.S., Pocewicz, A., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Waits, L.P., Morgan, P., Force, J.E., Vierling, L.A. 2011. Predictions of ecological and social impacts of alternative residential development policies to inform decision making in a rural landscape, Conservation Letters 4(6): 423-432.

    Nielsen-Pincus, M., T. Hall, J.E. Force, J.D. Wulfhorst. 2010. Socio-demographics effects on place bonding. Journal of Environmental Psychology 30:443-454.

    Nielsen-Pincus, Max, Caren S. Goldberg, Amy Pocewicz, Jo Ellen Force, Lisette P. Waits, Penelope Morgan, and Lee Vierling. 2010. Predicted effects of residential development on a northern Idaho landscape under alternative growth management and land protection policies. Landscape and Urban Planning 94:255-263.

    “Seminal” – most cited publications:

    Morse, Wayde, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Jo Ellen Force, and J. D. Wulfhorst. 2007. Bridges and barriers to developing and conducting interdisciplinary graduate-student team research. Ecology and Society 12(2):8 [online] URL: http//www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol12/iss2/art8/

    Machlis, Gary E., Jo Ellen Force, and William R. Burch, Jr. 1997. The Human Ecosystem Part I: The Human Ecosystem as an Organizing Concept in Ecosystem Management. Society and Natural Resources 10:347-367.

    *See CV for full list of projects and publications.

  • Research Projects
    Evaluating resilience of ecological and social systems in changing landscapes: a doctoral research and education program in Idaho and Costa Rica. 2009-2014. Co-PI on National Science Foundation IGERT grant, $3.2 million.
  • Outreach Projects
    “Climate Change in the Northern Rockies” workshops in Grangeville, ID, Missoula, MT, McCall, ID, and Boise, ID in November 2012; approximately 100 participants.
  • Awards and Honors

    Society of American Foresters Gifford Pinchot Medal National Award, 2013

    Interdisciplinary or Collaborative Efforts Excellence Award with IGERT Co-PI team ($9000 Award for the six team members). University of Idaho, 2011.

    Woman of the Year, Administration, Athena, University of Idaho, 2004

    Outstanding Researcher Award (with G. Machlis), College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences, 1993

    Forester of the Year, Inland Empire Society of American Foresters, 1992

    Elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters, 1992

    Outstanding Continuing Education and Outreach Award, College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences, 1989

    Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, $1,500, one of three given at the University of Idaho, 1987

    Outstanding Faculty Member of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, 1984

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