University of Wyoming Living Rivers
Jonathan Bowler has spent the past decade travelling the West as an educator, scientist, and proud public lands owner. His interests reside in the human dimensions of socio-ecological systems. He is particularly interested in how the artificial manipulation and transportation of natural resources affects the relationship between society and the environment. His research focuses on these ideas in the American West as they relate to the Colorado River Basin. Through an interdisciplinary, natural history approach he will investigate the social, political, economic, legal, and cultural dimensions of Western expansion, resource manipulation, and persistent conflict from the time of initial scientific contact to the present day. His goal is to integrate modern science, humanities, and traditional ecologic knowledge into a public dialogue, that will facilitate the development of a baseline shift in ecological integration to move towards a sustainable, resilient, equitable and just future in the West.