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Ecosystem Science and Management

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

John Tanaka

Professor Emeritus
Cell: (307) 460-8558
Curriculum Vitae
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John Tanaka


  • Professor Emeritus
  • Researcher, Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable

Areas of Expertise

  • Rangeland Management
  • Rangeland Economics
  • Public Land Policy

Research Interests

I am currently most interested in the questions related to sustainability of rangelands.  This includes the ecological functioning of the rangelands, the economic values and decisions that are made, and the communities and families that depend on them.  Most of my research focus is on activities of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable.

My research has focused on the economic impacts of various public land management options on western ranches; economics of ecosystem goods and services; economics of rangeland management practices; and related activities.

I am currently working on a national assessment of rangeland sustainability.  This project is using existing data to populate the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable indicators of sustainability (

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