Maureen (Mo) Essen
Social Science Analyst
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Contact Maureen (Mo) Essen
I am interested in the complex problems inherent to management and governance of natural resources, public lands, and social-ecological systems. This often includes supporting adaptive approaches to management and governance, investigating the role of institutional learning in informing management activities and policies, conflicts over land management and policy, and collaborative or network approaches to this type of governance.
Why This Research is Important
Natural resource management is complex and challenging and must adapt to conditions as they change. Many regions depend on natural resource management decisions and activities as they can affect their access to resources, such as clean water or recreation sites, and their exposure to hazards, like wildfire. A complicated web of public and private entities, from national agencies to local landowners and non-governmental organizations, manage land within a sea of policies, procedures, mandates, and viewpoints. This is a significant transboundary environmental management task, with each institution and individual serving a role and carrying out management activities. Providing information, including analysis of driving components, activities, actors, and their interactions and innovations can support adaption and informed management in these complex systems.
- Universtiy of Montana, M.S. Resource Conservation
- SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology
Citations of non US Forest Service Publications
Essen, M., N. Anderson, and A. Metcalf. In preparation. A new era of forest planning: Science and the importance of social networks.
Miller, S., Essen, M., and N. Anderson. 2015. Burgeoning Biomass: Creating Efficient and Sustainable Forest Bioenergy Technologies in the Rockies, Part II. Science You Can Use, Issue 17. USDA Forest service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fort Collins, Colorado.
Miller, S., Essen, M., and N. Anderson. 2014. Burgeoning Biomass: Creating Efficient and Sustainable Forest Bioenergy Technologies in the Rockies, Part I. Science You Can Use, Issue 13. USDA Forest service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fort Collins, Colorado.
Essen, M. and P. Gude. 2014. The Firewise Program: Perspectives of Incident Commanders. Headwaters Economics Technical Report. Bozeman, Montana.
Essen, M., C. Morris, and N. Anderson. 2014. Tucker RNG: Little Machine, Big Impact. Biomass Magazine, July 2014:20-21.
Essen, M. and M. Jennings. 2011. Increasing the resilience of rural communities and ecosystems in transition: Documenting an IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. International Union for Conservation of Nature Commission on Ecosystem Management. Gland, Switzerland.
Stitchfield, H., J. Montag, and M. Essen. 2009. Socioeconomic effects of oil and gas development in the Western United States: A literature review. US Geological Survey.
Essen, M. 2010. MS Thesis. Ruffled Feathers: Shared narratives in the sage-grouse management conflict in Sublette County, Wyoming. University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.
Essen, M. and M. Patterson. 2008. Looking back: Twenty-five years of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Missoula, Montana.
Posters and Presentations
Essen, M. 2016. A new era of forest planning: Science and the importance of social networks. International Symposium of Social and Resource Management, June 1016, Houghton, Michigan.
Meneghin, B., C. Schultz and M. Essen. 2016. 2012 Planning rule implementation: A Learning event. May 2016, Fort Collin, Colorado.
Essen, M., L. Joyce and B. Connelly. Best Available scientific information and working with research stations. Part of: 2012 Planning rule implementation: A Learning event. May 2016, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Essen, M, N. Anderson and A. Metcalf. 2016. Outreach Communications and Social Science Research. Oral presentation. Annual Biomass Research and Development Imitative Meeting. Missoula, Montana.
Essen, M. and S. Hines. 2015. Exploring elements of a framework for Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service Library, and Region 4 to facilitate best available science discovery and exchange and support science-management networks for future decision-making. Part of: Management-Science Dialogue Workshop: Preparing for forest level planning in the Intermountain Region of the National Forest System. Organizers: L. Joyce, S. Hines, M. Essen, and M. Matonis. Ogden, Utah.
Essen, M. A., A. L. Metcalf, and N. M. Anderson. 2015. Social networks matter: connecting forest planning to social and biophysical science. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Crown of the Continent Round Table, September 2015, Missoula, MT.
Essen, M. 2010. Ruffled feathers: Knowledge communities in the sage grouse management conflict in Sublette County, Wyoming. Oral presentation. International Association for Society and Natural Resources. June 2010, Corpus Christi, TX.
Stinchfield, H., J. M. Montag, and M. Essen. 2009. Socioeconomic effects of oil and gas development in the western United States -- A literature review: Poster presented at the WLCI Science Workshop, May 2009, Laramie, Wyo.