Faculty & Staff
Tania M. Schusler, PhD
Throughout my career I have worked at the interface of people and environment. I conceive of “environment” broadly to include natural and built environments and their biophysical and social dimensions. Habitat destruction and climate change are obvious environmental issues and, in my view, so are racism and poverty. I am especially interested in how community development can simultaneously foster personal well-being, economic vitality, and environmental protection.
Ph.D., Natural Resource Policy & Management, Cornell University, 2007
M.Sc., Natural Resouce Policy & Management, Cornell University, 2001
B.Sc., Forestry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1993
I joined the Department of Environmental Science in the fall of 2012 and teach ENVS 283: Environmental Sustainability. This course includes a service-learning project that fulfills the Engaged Learning requirement in the undergraduate curriculum. At other institutions I have taught courses in citizen participation and sustainable communities, political economy and sustainability, qualitative research methods, environmental education and the built environment, watersheds as social-ecological systems, environmental conservation, and a field study trip to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
My research focuses on citizen participation and stakeholder engagement in environmental management. For example, I investigated social learning among stakeholders involved in a participatory planning process that took place against the backdrop of controversy over natural resource management in New York’s East Ontario Basin. I have also documented the practices of educators who engage youth in local environmental action (e.g., habitat restoration, community gardening, policy analysis) and the outcomes of these experiences for young people. My current research involves examining how participation and learning influence the sustainability of local communities.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Visiting Scientist, Civic Ecology Lab, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Core Faculty, Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
- Environmental Issues Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY
- Volunteer Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Chapter, Madison, WI
Schusler, T. M. and Krasny, M. E. Forthcoming. Science and democracy in youth environmental action: learning ’good’ thinking. Pages XX-XX in Mueller, M. P. and Tippins, D. J., eds. Eco-Justice, Citizen Science, and Youth Activism: Situated Tensions for Science Education. Springer.
Lauber, T. B., Chase, L. C., Leong, K. M., Schusler, T. M. and Decker, D. J. 2012. Stakeholder engagement in wildlife management. Pages 139-156 in Decker, D. J., Riley, S. J. and Siemer,W. F., eds. Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management (2nd ed.). John Hopkins Press, Baltimore, MD.
Schusler, T. M. and Krasny, M. E. 2010. Environmental action as context for youth development. Journal of Environmental Education 41(4), 208–223.
Schusler, T. M., Krasny, M. E., Peters, S. J. and Decker, D. J. 2009. Developing citizens and communities through environmental action. Environmental Education Research 15(1):111-127.
Schusler, T. M. and Krasny, M. E. 2007. Youth participation in local environmental action: an avenue for science and civic learning? Ch. 17 in Reid, A., Jensen, B. B., Nikel J. and Simovska, V., eds. Participation and Learning: Perspectives on Education and the Environment, Health and Sustainability. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Lembo, A. J., Wagenet, L. P., Schusler, T. M. and DeGloria, S. D. 2007. Creating affordable Internet map server applications for regional scale applications. Journal of Environmental Management. 85(4):1120-1131.
Decker, D. J., Raik, D. B., Carpenter, L. H., Organ, J. F. andSchusler, T. M. 2005. Collaboration for community-based wildlife management. Urban Ecosystems 8(2):227-236.
Schusler, T. M. Aug., 2004, posting date. Ecological impacts of high deer densities. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology Vol. 2 [online]:http://tiee.ecoed.net/vol/v2/issues/figure_sets/deer/overview.html.
Schusler, T. M., Decker, D. J. and Pfeffer, M. J. 2003. Exploring social learning for collaborative natural resource management. Society and Natural Resources 16(4):309-326.
Schusler, T. M. and Decker, D. J. 2002. Engaging local communities in Wildlife Management Area planning: an evaluation of the Lake Ontario Islands Search Conference. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30(4):1226-1237.
Schusler, T. M., Chase, L. C. and Decker, D. J. 2000. Community-based co-management: sharing responsibility when tolerance for wildlife is exceeded. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 5(3):34-49.
Chase, L. C., Schusler, T. M. and Decker, D. J. 2000. Innovations in stakeholder involvement: what's the next step? Wildlife Society Bulletin 28(1):208-217.