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Dr. Howie Harshaw is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation at the University of Alberta. He examines the human dimensions of natural resources, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation in an effort to understand the relationships that people have with nature, and to investigate the interactions of resource development and quality of life. Howie integrates social science into the planning and management of natural resources, and has worked regularly in interdisciplinary teams to provide theoretically based empirical research contributions to broader landscape-based projects examining sustainability issues. Howie teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supervises graduate students in their research.

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Howie Harshaw, PhD
Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
University of Alberta
2-130J Van Vliet Complex (University Hall)
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H9
Tel: 780-492-6821
Email: harshaw [at] ualberta.ca


Eric Smith 
is a conservation professional, registered professional biologist, and M.Sc. student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation. His research examines the human dimension of wildlife conservation. Eric’s thesis research investigates sharp-tailed grouse hunting in Alberta and how changes to hunting regulations may change hunter satisfaction and behaviour. Eric works on wicked problems combining his knowledge of conservation biology and human behaviour to build collaborative solutions with indigenous governments, communities and stakeholders. His work has taken him across North America to address issues on the topics of cumulative effects assessment and management, Environmental Assessment, industrial impact assessment, commercial and recreational fisheries management, wildlife harvest, and provincial government-indigenous government co-management.

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Eric Smith
Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
University of Alberta
3-156 Van Vliet Complex (University Hall)
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H9
Email: egs [at] ualberta.ca