Research Social Scientist
I am an environmental anthropologist whose research aims to improve understanding of how to integrate community well-being and development with ecosystem health and the sustainable management of natural resources, with a goal of informing policy and advancing theory. My current research projects fall into two broad areas�the first examines how federal forest management activities can be linked to rural community development opportunities; the second examines forest management practices on different ownerships, the social variables that influence them, and how they shape forest conditions. I work mainly in the western United States.
Socioeconomic monitoring and assessment; how to sustain rural, resource-based livelihoods; community-based natural resource management; interacting human and ecological systems.
My past research has focused on the human dimensions of natural resource use and management and the social causes and consequences of environmental change. I have undertaken research on these topics while working with pastoralists in East Africa, indigenous peoples in Panama's rainforests, native Alaskans in western Alaska, and forest workers and owners in the western United States.
Why This Research is Important
It is not possible to develop and implement natural resource management institutions, policies, and practices that are environmentally sound and socially just unless their social dimensions are understood and addressed.
- Stanford University, Ph.D. Anthropology, 1994
Featured Publications & Products
- Charnley, Susan; Jakes, Pamela J.; Schelhas, John. 2011. A socioeconomic assessment of Forest Service American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects: eight case studies.
- Diaz, David D.; Charnley, Susan; Gosnell, Hannah. 2009. Engaging western landowners in climate change mitigation: a guide to carbon-oriented forest and range management and carbon market opportunities.
- Charnley, Susan; Fischer, A. Paige; Jones, Eric T. 2008. Traditional and local ecological knowledge about forest biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest..
- Charnley, Susan; Dillingham, Candace; Stuart, Claudia; Moseley, Cassandra; Donoghue, Ellen. 2008. Northwest Forest Plan--the first 10 years (1994-2003): socioeconomic monitoring of the Klamath National Forest and three local communities..
- McLain, Rebecca J.; Donoghue, Ellen M.; Kusel, Jonathan; Buttolph, Lita; Charnley, Susan. 2008. Multiscale socioeconomic assessment across large ecosystems: lessons from practice.
Publications & Products
- Long, Jonathan W.; Skinner, Carl; Safford, Hugh; Charnley, Susan; Winter, Patricia. 2014. Introduction.
- Long, Jonathan W.; Skinner, Carl; Charnley, Susan; Hubbert, Ken; Quinn-Davidson, Lenya; Meyer, Marc. 2014. Post-wildfire management.
- Stine, Peter; Hessburg, Paul; Spies, Thomas; Kramer, Marc; Fettig, Christopher J.; Hansen, Andrew; Lehmkuhl, John; O'Hara, Kevin; Polivka, Karl; Singleton, Peter; Charnley, Susan; Merschel, Andrew; White, Rachel. 2014. The ecology and management of moist mixed-conifer forests in eastern Oregon and Washington: a synthesis of the relevant biophysical science and implications for future land management.
- Fischer, A. Paige; Kline, Jeffrey D.; Charnley, Susan; Olsen, Christine. 2013. Erratum to ‘Identifying policy target groups with qualitative and quantitative methods: the case of wildfire risk on nonindustrial private forest lands’ [Forest Policy and Economics. 25: 62–71].
- O’Callaghan, Joan; Fischer, A. Paige; Charnley, Susan. 2013. Managing wildfire risk in fire-prone landscapes: how are private landowners contributing?.
- Nielsen-Pincus, Max; Charnley, Susan; Moseley, Cassandra. 2013. The influence of market proximity on national forest hazardous fuels treatments.
- McLain, R.J.; MacFarland, K.; Brody, L.; Hebert, J.; Hurley, P.; Poe, M.; Buttolph, L.P.; Gabriel, N.; Dzuna, M.; Emery, M.R.; Charnley, S. 2012. Gathering in the city: an annotated bibliography and review of the literature about human-plant interactions in urban ecosystems.
- Fischer, A. Paige; Charnley, Susan. 2012. Private forest owners and invasive plants: risk perception and management.
- Fischer, A. Paige; Charnley, Susan. 2012. Risk and cooperation: managing hazardous fuel in mixed ownership landscapes.
- Charnley, Susan; Jakes, Pamela; Schelhas, John. 2012. Socioeconomic assessment of Forest Service American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects: key findings and lessons learned.
- Charnley, Susan; Cerveny, Lee K. 2011. US Forest Service experimental forests and ranges: an untapped resource for social science.
- Charnley, Susan; Durham, William H. 2010. Anthropology and environmental policy: What counts?.
- Charnley, Susan; Diaz, David; Gosnell, Hannah. 2010. Mitigating climate change through small-scale forestry in the USA: opportunities and challenges.
- Fischer, A. Paige; Charnley, Susan. 2010. Social and cultural influences on management for carbon sequestration on US family forestlands: a literature synthesis.
- Charnley, Susan; Donoghue, Ellen M.; Moseley, Cassandra. 2008. Forest Management Policy and Community Well-Being in the Pacific Northwest.
- Charnley, Susan; Donoghue, Ellen M.; Moseley, Cassandra. 2008. Forest management policy and community well-being in the Pacific Northwest.
- Kay, William M.; Donoghue, Ellen M.; Charnley, Susan; Moseley, Cassandra. 2007. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 10 years (1994–2003): socioeconomic monitoring of the Mount Hood National Forest and three local communities..
- McLain, Rebecca J.; Tobe, Lisa; Charnley, Susan; Donoghue, Ellen M.; Moseley, Cassandra. 2006. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 10 years (1994–2003): socioeconomic monitoring of Coos Bay District and three local communities..
- Buttolph, Lita P.; Kay, William; Charnley, Susan; Moseley, Cassandra; Donoghue, Ellen M. 2006. Northwest Forest Plan—the first 10 years: socioeconomic monitoring of the Olympic National Forest and three local communities..
- Charnley, Susan; Engelbert, Bruce. 2005. Evaluating public participation in environmental decision-making: EPA's superfund community involvement program..