Natural Resource Stewardship Master of Natural Resource Stewardship (M.N.R.S.)

Faculty

Jayne Jonas-Bratten

Dr. Jayne-Jonas-Brattenorig Jayne Jonas-Bratten is a research scholar in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Her research focuses broadly on restoration ecology and grassland ecology, with particular interests in plant-insect interactions and ecological statistics.

Dr. Jonas-Bratten earned a Ph.D. in Biology and an M.S. in Entomology at Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Life Sciences from Wayne State College.

Jayne has taught the on-campus courses RS351 Wildland Ecosystems in a Changing World; RS432/532 Rangeland Sampling; NR578 Ecology of Disturbed Lands; and currently teaches two online courses, NR678 Advanced Ecological Restoration and RS630 Ecology of Grasslands and Shrublands.

Jayne is currently President of the Great Plains Natural Sciences Society, is actively involved in the Central Rockies chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, and is a member of the Ecological Society of America.

Sonya Le Febre

Dr. Martin Gelfand Sonya Le Febre is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship where she advises students in the Master of Natural Resources Stewardship program and serves as the department graduate program coordinator.

Dr. Le Febre also serves as the key advisor for the online Fire and Emergency Services Administration B.S. degree completion program and teaches an online course with the Anthropology department. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from Colorado State University, and a B.S. in Biology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Casey Matney

Dr. Casey Matney Casey Matney is the University of Alaska/Fairbanks agriculture and horticulture extension agent for the Kenai Peninsula District. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Matney served as a regional extension specialist in range management, working from CSU's Regional Engagement Center in Sterling, Colorado.

Dr. Matney earned a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management with an emphasis in Rangeland Restoration Ecology, an M.S. in Rangeland Resources with an emphasis in Rangeland Improvement, and B.S. in Habitat Management in Fisheries and Wildlife, all from Oregon State University.

Casey has been teaching range ecology online since 2006. He is also involved with the Society for Range Management and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He is originally from the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and has always been interested in natural resource management. In the past, he has worked for Oregon State University, the USDA Forest Service, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Doug Rideout

Dr. Martin Gelfand Doug Rideout is a professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Dr. Rideout's research is focused on wildland fire economics. He has led the development of major inter-agency planning systems including Phase I of FPA and the current spatial planning and budgeting system used by the National Park Service known as STARFire. In developing these systems, Dr. Rideout has become integrated into the planning and management of large fires from a strategic perspective. In addition, he has researched the cost structure of large fire data in the Western U.S. using econometric methods that have subsequently become an industry standard. Dr. Rideout has been extensively published on the topics of timber and wildland fire economics and his research is listed with ResearchGate.

Doug received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Forest Management and Forest Economics, respectively, from the University of Washington. He teaches core courses in the forestry and natural resources curriculum, including Economics of the Forest Environment and Fire Policy and Economics.

Camille Stevens-Rumann

Dr. Camille Stevens-Rumann Camille Stevens-Rumann is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Her research focuses on ecosystem recovery following large disturbances. She teaches multiple classes for the program both on campus and online.

Dr. Stevens-Rumann earned a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Idaho; M.S. from Northern Arizona University; and a B.S. in biology and environmental science from Brandeis University. She has taught for several online programs previously as well as worked for the USDA Forest Service in various fire prevention, suppression, and research positions.

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