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Ecosystem Science and Management|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
John Tanaka
Department Head and Professor

John Tanaka

In my role as department head, I am responsible for all activities that occur within the department.  We have a thriving teaching, research, and extension program covering rangeland ecology, watershed management, soil science, and entomology.


  • Department Head and Professor
  • Co-Director, 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 focus is on activities of the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable of which I am the Co-Director.

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.

Because of my administrative duties, I rarely am looking for graduate students but am available to serve on graduate student committees.  I am most interested in finding ways for faculty in the department to improve their research programs and to improve the quality of our graduate students' experiences.

Teaching Activities

I have no formal teaching within the college. I occasionally guest lecture or otherwise assist with a class.

International Activities


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