Nick Reo

Nick Reo

Dartmouth University - Assistant professor, environmental studies and Native American studies


Ph.D., Michigan State University, May 2010, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Dissertation Title: Ecological & Human Dimensions of Tribal and State Natural Resource Management. Major Professor: Jianguo “Jack” Liu

Master of Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, December 2002, School of Natural Resources and Environment Resource Planning Concentration. Group Masters Project Title: Upper Manistee River Watershed Conservation Plan: prepared for the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Masters. Project Advisor: Donna Erickson

Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Cum Laude, May 1997, School of Natural Resources and Environment Environmental Policy and Behavior Concentration. Study Focus: ecosystems and plants of Michigan.


Nick Reo is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He studies indigenous coupled human and natural systems. He is particularly interested in the ways traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem stewardship, and socio-ecological adaptation contribute to sustainability in the context of rapid environmental change. Dr. Reo’s recent work studies tribal participation in polycentric environmental governance and large-scale, indigenous led stewardship of riparian ecosystems.

Research Interests:

Tribal Natural Resource Management; Forest Ecology & Management; Cross-Boundary Management Involving Tribes and First Nations; Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK); Linking Restoration Ecology & TEK; Conservation of Culturally-Significant Species & Lands; Using Historical Ecology, Ecological Science and TEK to Understand Socio-Ecological Systems