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


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 was raised in Oregon and began his career in the natural resources field while working as a college intern for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1997. After completing his associate degree in fisheries technology, he went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife management at Oregon State University (OSU); studying sage grouse at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge and working seasonal positions for the USDA Forest Service. For his master’s degree, he studied stream temperature, redband trout, and willow herbivory on Steens Mountain. In 2010, he received a Ph.D. for his research studying winterfat and grazing ecology in the Catlow Valley of Oregon. Casey is now an Assistant Professor and Agriculture/Horticulture Extension Agent within the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In Alaska, Casey’s program responsibilities span the spectrum from livestock and range to soils and horticulture. He is the Alaska State Coordinator for Western SARE, and president of the National Association for County Agricultural Agents in Alaska. He provides agriculture expertise and training to rural Alaska villages as well as the more metropolitan areas of the state. He is a primary investigator and collaborator on a number of research and outreach projects. Some of the projects Casey is associated with include: forage production, soil health, integrated pest management, and produce safety. Beginning at OSU, Casey has been instructing college courses in rangeland management since 2006. In addition to OSU, he has instructed courses at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) and Colorado State University (CSU). He continues to instruct distance courses for the Department of Forestry and Rangeland Stewardship at CSU. Prior to his position in Alaska, Casey was a Rangeland Extension Specialist in Colorado for five years.

Casey currently lives on the Kenai Peninsula with his wife and four children. When he can, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and camping with his family.

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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