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Haub School Dean Finalists Interviews Scheduled at UW

April 6, 2017

Three candidates for the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources dean position will be interviewed on campus later this month at the University of Wyoming.

Finalists are Jason Shogren, the Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the UW Department of Economics and Finance; Melinda Harm Benson, an associate professor of geography and environmental studies at the University of New Mexico; and Evan Siemann, the Wiess Professor of Biosciences and Rice University’s associate vice provost for academic affairs.

The UW campus community and public are invited to attend candidate presentations.

The schedule for each candidate:

-- Shogren will interview April 11-12, with his public presentation scheduled Tuesday, April 11, in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium at 2 p.m. His teaching and research focus on environmental and natural resource economics and motives for public policy. Shogren served as a board member for the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, a unit within the Haub School from 2001-2010. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UW. Click here to view his CV.

-- Harm Benson will visit UW April 13-14, with her public presentation scheduled Thursday, April 13, in the Berry Center auditorium at 2 p.m. She is affiliated with the College of Law’s Water Resources Program and the Sustainability Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. Her teaching and research focus on how citizens conceptualize, employ and protect the natural world through environmental governance. Harm Benson was a lecturer and research scientist in the Haub School from 2004-08. She holds a juris doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law. Click here to view her CV.

-- Siemann will visit campus April 17-18, with his public presentation set Monday, April 17, in the Berry Center auditorium at 2 p.m. Ecology, plant/soil interactions, invasive species, biodiversity and biofuels are among his teaching and research work. He is a founding faculty member for Rice University’s environmental science and environmental studies programs, and also the Shell Center for Sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota. Click here to view his CV.

Each candidate’s public presentation will cover his or her academic research and vision for the Haub School. The search committee welcomes input from the UW community about each candidate. A survey will be available to submit comments after each of the candidates’ presentations.

Additional information about the candidates’ visits will be posted to the Haub School website at

The Haub School advances the understanding and resolution of complex environmental and natural resource challenges in the West and around the world through its educational, research, outreach and collaborative problem-solving programs.

For more information, call Mandy Gifford at (307) 766-6462 or email

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