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Dr. Abrams Lab

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The Abrams Lab at the University of Georgia is part of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. We welcome new opportunities to collaborate, new innovative research ideas, and new graduate students with interests in the social and political dimensions of sustainable resource management.


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Journal Publications

  • Selfa, T., V. Marini, and J. Abrams. 2021. Place attachment and perceptions of land use change: Cultural ecosystem services impacts of eucalyptus plantation expansion in Ubajay, Entre Ríos, Argentina. In Press in Ecology and Society.
  • Chapin, J.J. Abrams, T. Timberlake, C. Schultz, A. Evans, and M. Fernández-Giménez. 2021. Operationalizing resilience on U.S. national forestlands: A quantitative analysis of environmental impact statements. Society and Natural Resources.
  • Steen-Adams, M., J. Abrams, H. Huber-Stearns, C. Bone, and C. Moseley. 2021. Network governance of forest disturbance in the Black Hills: What roles for federal, state, county, and non-governmental partners across large landscapes? Journal of Forestry.
  • Sanders, A., E. Nielsen, and J. Abrams. 2021. Does information and deliberation affect ecosystem service judgments? Evidence from tree plantation expansion in Argentina. Society and Natural Resources.
  • Abrams, J., S.M. Greiner, C. Schultz, A. Evans, and H. Huber-Stearns. 2021. Can forest managers plan for resilient landscapes? Lessons from the United States national forest plan revision process. Environmental Management 67(4): 574-588.
  • Knowlton, J.L., K.E. Halvorsen, D.J. Flaspohler, C.R. Webster, J. Abrams, S.M. Almeida, S.L. Arriaga Weiss, B. Barnett, M.R. Cardoso, P.V. Cerqueira, D. Córdoba, M.P. Dantas Santos, J.L. Dunn, A. Eastmond, G.M. Jarvi, J.A. Licata, E.E. Mata Zayas, R. Medeiros, M.A. Mesa Jurado, L.Y. Moo Culebro, C. Moseley, E. Nielsen, C.C. Phifer, E.C. Pischke, C. Schelly, T. Selfa, C.A. Silva, T. Souza, S.R. Sweitz, and C.J. Vázquez Navarrete. 2021. Birds and bioenergy within the Americas: a cross-national, social-ecological study of ecosystem service tradeoffs. Land 10: 258.
  • Gutierrez Garzon, A.R., P. Bettinger, J. Abrams, J. Siry, and B. Mei. 2021. Forest sustainability in state forest management plans: A content analysis. Journal of Sustainable Forestry
  • Abrams, J., H. Huber-Stearns, M. Steen-Adams, E.J. Davis, C. Bone, M. Nelson, and C. Moseley. 2021. Adaptive governance in a complex social-ecological context: Emergent responses to a native forest insect outbreak. Sustainability Science 16: 53-68.
  • Timberlake, T., C. Schultz, A. Evans, and J. Abrams. 2021. Working on institutions while planning for forest resilience: A case study of public land management in the United States. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 64(7): 1291-1311.
  • Gutierrez Garzon, A.R., P. Bettinger, J. Siry, J. Abrams, C. Cieszewski, K. Boston, B. Mei, H. Zengin, and A. Yesil. 2020. A comparative analysis of five forest certification programs. Forests 11: 863.


  • Egan, D., E. Hjerpe, and J. Abrams (eds.) 2011. Human Dimensions of Ecological Restoration: Integrating Science, Nature, and Culture. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Book Chapters

  • Abrams, J., D. Córdoba, R. Sidortsov, C. Schelly, and H. Gorman. 2019. Power within and beyond the state: Understanding how power relations shape environmental management. Pp. 21-32 in K. Halvorsen, C. Schelly, R. Handler, E. Pischke, and J.L. Knowlton (eds.), A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press.
  • Charnley, S., J. Kline, E.M. White, J. Abrams, R.J. McLain, C. Moseley, and H. Huber-Stearns. 2018. Socioeconomic well-being and forest management in Northwest Forest Plan area communities. Pp. 625-713 in T.A. Spies, P.A. Stine, R. Gravenmier, J.W. Long, and M.J. Reilly (tech. coords.), Synthesis of Science to Inform Land Management within the Northwest Forest Plan Area. PNW-GTR-966. Portland, OR: U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.
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Associate Professor, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability

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