Christopher Comer, Dean
Professor of Natural Resource Social Science; Undergraduate Program Director, Resource ConservationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: CHCB 463
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science
NRSM 121S Nature of Montana
NRSM 370S Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance
NRSM 426 Climate and Society
NRSM 500 Conservation Social Science Methods
NRSM 570 Political Ecology
My teaching and research focus on the social and political aspects of conservation and natural resource management, with an emphasis on agricultural communities and public lands in the Northern Rockies. I’m interested in the ways in which private landowners, rural communities, and land management institutions navigate change. I often examine the intersections between ecological change, natural resource management, rural livelihoods, and governance innovations. Most of my current research focuses on climate adaptation and the food, energy, and water nexus.
My current research projects include:
- Scenario Planning as a Tool for Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Governance (funded by the USDS Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station)
- Natural Resource Management Decision-Making under Climate Uncertainty: Building Social-Ecological Resilience in Southwestern Colorado (funded by the North Central Climate Science Center)
- Improving the Efficacy of Climate and Water Information for Montana Agricultural Producers (funded by USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Water for Agriculture Grant)
- The Co-Management of Cross-Boundary Fire Risk Transmission (funded by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station)
- Futures Thinking, Uncertainty, and Governance at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus (funded by the Luc Hoffmann Institute)
I currently serve as Program Director for the interdisciplinary Resource Conservation major and as Program Director for the NSF-funded UM BRIDGES graduate training program. I also co-direct the Community Vulnerability Working Group, a collaboration with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.
2003: Ph.D. Forestry, University of Montana
1993: M.S. Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
1991: B.A. Psychology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Drought Adaptation on Working Ranchlands
Social and Political Aspects of Climate Change Adaptation
Community and Institutional Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity
Rural Communities and Ecological Change
Landownership Change and Cross-Boundary Conservation
Conservation Policy, Political Conflict, and Scale
Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research
Murphy, D., Williams, D., Yung, L. and C. Wyborn. Rethinking Climate Change Adaptation and Place through a Situated Pathways Framework: A Case Study from the Big Hole Valley, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning. (in press)
Enquist, C.A.F., Jackson, S.T., Garfin, G., Davis, F.W., Gerber, L.R., Littell, J., Tank, J.L., Terando, A., Halpern, B., Hiers, J.K., Morelli, T.L., McNie, E., Stephenson, N.L., Williamson, M.A., Woodhouse, C.A., Yung, L., Brunson, M., Hall, K., Hallett, L.M., Lawson, D.M., Moritz, M., Nydick, K., Pairis, A., Ray, A.J., Regan, C., Safford, H.D., Schwartz, M.W., and M.R. Shaw. Foundations of Translational Ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. (in press)
Murphy, D., Wyborn, C., Yung, L., Williams, D.R., Cleveland, C.C., Eby, L.A., Dobrowski, S., and E. Towler. 2016. Engaging Communities and Climate Futures with Multi-Scale, Iterative Scenario Building (MISB) in the Western US. Human Organization 1(75):33-46.
Yung, L., Phear, N., DuPont, A., Montag, J. and D. Murphy. 2015. Drought Adaptation and Climate Change Beliefs Amongst Working Ranchers in Montana. Weather, Climate, and Society 7(4): 281-293.
Murphy, D.J., Wyborn, C., Yung, L. and D.R. Williams. 2015. Key Concepts and Methods in Social Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-328. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 24 p.
Yung, L., Chandler. J. and M. Haverhals. 2015. Effective Weed Management, Collective Action, and Landownership Change in Western Montana. Invasive Plant Science and Management 8(2): 193-202.
Metcalf, L., Mohr, J., Yung, L., Metcalf, P. & D. Craig. 2015. The Role of Trust in Restoration Success: Public Engagement and Temporal and Spatial Scale in a Complex Social-Ecological System. Restoration Ecology 23(3):315–324.
Khumalo, L. and L. Yung. 2015. Women, Human-Wildlife Conflict, and CBNRM: Hidden Impacts and Vulnerabilities in Kwandu Conservancy, Namibia. Conservation and Society 13(3): 232-243.
Hobbs, R.J, Higgs, E.S., Hall, C.M., Bridgewater, P., Chapin III, F.S., Ellis, E.C., Ewel, J.J., Hallett, L.M., Harris, J.A., Hulvey, K.B., Jackson, S.T., Kennedy, P.L., Kueffer, C., Lach, L., Lantz, T.C., Lugo, A.E., Mascaro, J., Murphy, S.D., Nelson, C.R., Perring, M.P., Richardson, D.M., Seastedt, T.R., Standish, R.J., Starzomski, B.M., Suding, K.N., Tognetti, P.M., Yakob, L. and L. Yung. 2014. Managing the Whole Landscape: Historical, Hybrid and Novel Ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(10):557–564
Wyborn, C., Yung, L., Murphy, D. and D.R. Williams. 2014. Situating Adaptation: How Governance Challenges and Perceptions of Uncertainty Influence Adaptation in the Rocky Mountains. Regional Environmental Change.
Carr, W., Yung, L. and C. Preston. 2014. Swimming Upstream: Engaging the American Public Early on Climate Engineering. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 70(3).
Carr, W., Preston, C., Yung, L., Szerszynski, B., Keith, D. and A. Mercer. (in press) Public Engagement on Solar Radiation Management and Why it Needs to Happen Now. Climatic Change.
Yung, L., Schwarze, S., Carr, W., Chapin III, F.S., and Marris, E. 2013. Engaging the Public in Novel Ecosystems. In R.J. Hobbs, E.S. Higgs, and C.M. Hall (Eds.) Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bridgewater, P. and L. Yung. 2013. The Policy Context: Building Laws and Rules that Embrace Novelty. In R.J. Hobbs, E.S. Higgs, and C.M. Hall (Eds.) Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Cacciapaglia, M. and L. Yung. 2013. Participatory Place Mapping in Fire Planning. In Stewart, W., Williams, D. and L. Kruger (Eds.) Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from Social Sciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
Carr, W., Patterson, M.E., Yung, L., & Spencer, D. 2012. The Faithful Skeptics: Evangelical Religious Beliefs and Perceptions of Climate Change. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 6(3):276-299.
Craig, D.R., Yung, L. and W.T. Borrie. 2012. “Blackfeet Belong to the Mountains:” Hope, Loss, and Blackfeet Claims to Glacier National Park. Conservation and Society 10(3): 232-42
Cacciapaglia, M.S., Yung, L., & Patterson, M.E. 2011. Place Mapping and the Role of Spatial Scale in Understanding Landowner Views of Fire and Fuels Management. Society and Natural Resources 25(5):453-467.
Watson, A., Matt, R., Knotek, K., Williams, D., and L. Yung. 2011. Traditional Wisdom – Protecting Relationships with Wilderness as a Cultural Landscape. Ecology and Society 16(1):36.
Yung, L., Patterson, M.E., and W.A. Freimund. 2010. Rural Community Views on the Role of Local and Extra-Local Interests in Public Lands Governance. Society and Natural Resources 23(11):1-17.
Cole, D.N. and L. Yung (Eds). 2010. Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Change. Washington D.C.: Island Press.
Hobbs, R.J., Cole, D.N., Yung, L., Zavaleta, E.S., Aplet, G.A., White, P.S., Landres, P.B., Chapin III, F.S., Graber, D.M., Higgs, E.S., Millar, C.I., Parsons, D.J., Randall, J.M., Stephenson, N.L., Tonnessen, K.A., and S. Woodley. 2010. Guiding Concepts for Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Global Environmental Change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(9).
Yung, L., Freimund, W.A. and J. Chandler-Pepelnjak. 2008. Wilderness Politics in the American West: Rural Community Perspectives on the Development of Roadless Lands. International Journal of Wilderness 14(2):14-23.
Yung, L. and M. Haverhals. 2008. Landowner Views on Weeds: Moving Forward on Invasive Plant Management. Extension publication by Missoula County and the University of Montana. (pp. 1-16)
Yung, L. and J. Belsky. 2007. Private Property Rights and Community Goods: Negotiating Landowner Cooperation Amidst Changing Ownership on the Rocky Mountain Front. Society and Natural Resources 20(8):689-703.
Yung, L., Freimund, W. and J. Belsky. 2003. The Politics of Place: Understanding Meaning, Common Ground, and Political Difference on the Rocky Mountain Front. Forest Science 49(6), 855-866.
College of Forestry and Conservation
Area of Expertise
Conservation Policy, Political Conflict and Scale; Drought Adaptation on Working Ranchlands; Food-Energy-Water Nexus; Landownership Change and Cross-Boundary Conservation; Rural; Communitites and Ecological Change; Social and Political Aspects of Climate Change Adaptation
Food Energy Water Focus
Natural resource social science; rangeland drought adaptation
UM Bridges Department
UM Society and Conservation
I will be accepting two new graduate students for fall 2018. I work with graduate students who are interested in conducting social science related to the environment and natural resources. If you are interested in applying, please email me and include a statement about your research interests, your unofficial transcript, and your resume.