Emeritus Appointment
john.bliss [at] oregonstate.edu

NOTE: Due to my administrative appointment I am not currently pursuing new research opportunities or recruiting new graduate students.

Private forest policy, forest-based rural development, integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods, integration of social and ecological research.

Essentially all of my research is undertaken in collaboration with graduate students. To varying degrees students take responsibility for the design and implementation of the research leading to their theses. My principal roles are those of coach, critical reviewer, and sounding board.
Current graduate students (Fall, 2014):

  • Sophia Polasky, PhD. Rural community resilience in West Africa.


Affiliated with: 
Forest Ecosyst & Society
Courses Taught: 
Resilient Rural Communities (FOR 499). In this experiential learning field class, students from OSU and Akita International University, Japan, learn together at rural sites in Oregon and Akita Prefecture, Japan.
Social Dimensions of Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR 520). This online course explores five social sustainability principles and the role they play in creating sustainable natural resources.

Professional Accomplishments

Ph.D., 1988, Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., 1979, Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., 1973, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

My Publications

I currently have no publications listed within this site.