Joyce Berry retired in 2014 from her position as Dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources, which she carried out after serving as Colorado State University’s Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives. The Warner College is comprised of five departments: Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Geosciences; Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (tourism, parks and protected areas); and Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (including Watershed Management). Twelve major research/outreach centers in the College include the Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Center for Collaborative Conservation, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands.
She also is the former Director of Colorado State University’s Environment and Natural Resource Policy Institute, and a Research Associate and Administrator, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in political science and graduate degree in education from the University of California at Berkeley, Master’s in regional resources planning from Colorado State University, and PhD from Yale University. Her Dissertation entitled “From Paradigm to Practice: Public Involvement Strategies for American’s Forests.”
Joyce’s research and teaching focuses on the integration of science, policy and management, public involvement strategies, public attitudes and values toward natural resources, and leadership and organizational change. She has co-authored/edited four books: Environmental Leadership Equals Essential Leadership: Redefining Who Leads and How, Environmental Leadership: Developing Effective Skills and Styles, Forests to Fight Poverty, and A Bibliography of Human/Animal Relations. Her numerous research activities focus on developing and implementing stakeholder involvement models for management and science assessments, including two10-year assessments of Forest Management on Indian Trust Lands in the United States. She also chaired integrated assessments “Vegetation and Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park,” “Understanding Ecosystem Management Partnerships: the Evolving Colorado Experience Ecosystem,” and the National Commission on Science and Sustainable Forestry.
Other stakeholder, science and management projects include, Adaptive Management in the Oregon Northern Coastal Range; individual Sustainability Strategies for the Forests of the Candlewood Timber Group, International Paper and Trillium Corporations; Management Alternatives for the Klamath Forests; Seventh American Forest Congress (Executive Committee), and the Montreal Process Social and Economic Criteria for Sustainable Forests (rapporteur).
Current committees and appointments include Forest Research Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Agriculture; Executive Committee, National Association of University Forest Resource Programs; Executive Committee, Center for Collaborative Conservation; Board member, National Council on Science and the Environment; Board member, The Pinchot Institute; and President of the National Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. Governor’s committee appointments include Review and Recommendations: Enhancing Fire Response and Management in Colorado State Government; Colorado Forestry Advisory Committee; Colorado Forest Health Advisory Council; and the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality.