Thomas E. Fish

PhD Thesis Title

Landowner Perceptions of Ecosystems Health in Upper Great Lake States Riparian Landscapes.


Current position

Current job description

I work with federal, state, and local resource agencies, conservation organizations, and academia on topics relating to integrated science programs, sustainable land use planning, socioeconomic assessment, and development and delivery of training for protected area managers in the U.S. and abroad (especially in coastal and marine environments). I am the national coordinator for the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network, a national consortium of federal agencies, universities, conservation organizations, and other partners established by Congress to support research, technical assistance, and capacity building for public trust resource stewardship. CESUs bring together scientists, resource managers, and other conservation professionals (including faculty and students) from across the biological, physical, social, cultural, and engineering fields (from anthropology to zoology) to conduct coordinated, collaborative applied projects that address natural and cultural heritage resource issues at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context. Now in its 11th year, the CESU Network includes 13 federal agencies and over 250 universities and other nonfederal partners, across17 CESUs representing biogeographic regions encompassing all 50 states and U.S. territories. The University of Minnesota is the host university for the Great Lakes - Northern Forest CESU (