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Austin Holland


Austin Holland is an Assistant Professor at the College of Natural Resources and an Extension Specialist at the Center for Land Use Education at UW-Stevens Point. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa in 2022. His research and teaching interests include conservation governance and policy, private land management, sustainable landscapes, ecosystem services, and stakeholder perceptions. His research makes use of both qualitative social science methods and geospatial analysis to better understand how governance/policy impacts the landscape as well as stakeholders’ perceptions of those policies, services, and landscapes. His previous work has examined federal agricultural policy, local ecological restoration, and governance of freshwater systems. Current projects examine climate change’s impacts on tourism and collaborations on private land conservation.

Experience and Interests

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Governance & Policy
  • Private Land Conservation
  • Management of Natural Resources
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Geographic Information Systems


Last book you read?

“Loss & Wonder at the World’s End” by Laura Ogden

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

My favorite part of teaching is helping students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to solve the environmental problems that are important to them. There are a lot of environmental issues that are impacting our natural resources and a variety of ways to help protect/enhance them. Because of this, it is always interesting to hear what environmental issues they are interested in and work to identify sustainable solutions.

Austin Holland
Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
College of Natural Resources

180 Trainer Natural Resources


Ph.D. Geography
University of Iowa

M.S. Geography
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

B.S. Geography