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Jeff Langholz

Professor


I am passionate about: research and teaching that makes a difference and focuses on the "real world" rather than the "ivory tower"

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: Our students and faculty are on fire! People here want to build a better world, and have the skills and knowledge to make it happen.

Dr. Langholz’s research focuses sustainable use of natural resources worldwide. How can we use fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, and other natural resources in ways that guarantee their long term survival while also being good for people and profits? He is a recognized authority on the growing role that private lands play in accomplishing the triple goals of biodiversity conservation, economic development, and social justice. A past member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN), much of Dr. Langholz's work takes place in and around parks of varying kinds. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the 2005-2006 academic year, researching best practices for combining conservation and development on private lands in southern Africa. Dr. Langholz's conservation and sustainability work been covered by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, and other media outlets.

Dr. Langholz’s scholarly publications span multiple fields. They appear in journals that focus on biology (Conservation Biology, BioScience), sociology (Society and Natural Resources), economics (Ecological Economics), business (Corporate Environmental Strategy), oceans (Marine Policy) and law (Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy). He also co-authored a popular climate change paperback that describes simple things people can do to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions. Called You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!), the book has been featured by the New York Times, National Geographic, Chicago Tribune, and more than 250 other media outlets.

A popular international speaker and trainer, Dr. Langholz is a past recipient of the campus Excellence in Teaching Award. He teaches a wide portfolio of courses at the Monterey Institute focusing on protected natural areas, environmental science, environmental conflict management, research methods, sustainable agriculture, conservation leadership, business & biodiversity, and project design & evaluation. In 2013, Stanford University hired Dr. Langholz as a Visiting Associate Professor to design and deliver a new course called the Ocean Leadership Practicum. Delivered at the Monterey Institute and open to students from MIIS, Stanford, and other area campuses, the course delivered critical leadership skills that the world's most successful ocean champions indicated are most critical to their success.

Before entering academia, Dr. Langholz worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C., where he spent five years designing and implementing environmental policy. He is also a trained mediator with experience in two- and multi-party disputes on environmental and other topics. He has served as a consultant in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and Europe for a variety of international organizations. He has participated in several social venture businesses in roles ranging from founder and CEO to advisor and angel investor.

Dr. Langholz's background also includes working as a fisheries technician in Prince William Sound, Alaska and a two-year assignment with the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Recent Accomplishments

Dr. Langholz has signed a contract with Harvard University Press to publish a 2014 book called Private Protected Areas: A Global Movement for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development.

Dr. Langholz published two peer reviewed journal articles in 2013 on recent challenges to sustainable agriculture in the USA (see Publications).

What does it take to prevent or resolve conflicts over fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, and other natural resources? Dr. Langholz and six students published a landmark 2013 journal article documenting "best practices" based on more than 120 such conflicts worldwide (see Publications).

What to the most successful ocean champions have in common? Which skills are most critical to their success?  With co-author Adina Abeles from Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions, Dr. Langholz published a peer reviewed journal article documenting what it takes to succeed "on a sweeping scale, in a short time frame, and with limited resources" (see Publications).

Dr. Langholz's 2013 Ocean Leadership Practicum course was a big success. Graduate students from the Monterey Institute, Stanford, U. of California, and other area campuses mastered ten leadership skills that successful practitioners indicated were most critical to their success (see Publications). Participant skills improved an average of 558% across the ten topics. 58% of participants rated the Ocean Leadership Practicum "one of the best courses I have ever taken." Another 38% rated it "the single best course I have ever taken." The remaining 4% rated it "above average."

Expertise

Biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict management, international environmental policy, protected natural areas, research methods, project design, program evaluation, social entrepreneurship, adaptive management, conservation leadership, sustainable development

Education

PhD, Natural Resource Policy and Management, Cornell University; BA, History, Dana College; MS, Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology University of Maryland

Selected Publications

Langholz, J. (forthcoming in 2014). Private Protected Areas: A Global Movement for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Langholz, J. and A. Abeles. 2014. Rethinking postgraduate education for marine conservation. Marine Policy 43(1):372–375.

Langholz, J., Sand, K., Raak, L., Berner, A., Anderson, H., Geels, B., McKeehan, A., and A. Nelsen. 2013. Strategies and tactics for managing environmental conflicts: Insights from Goldman Environmental Prize recipients. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 5(1): 1-17.

Langholz, J. and M. Jay-Russell. 2013. The potential role of wildlife in pathogenic contamination of fresh produce. Human-Wildlife Interactions 7(1):140–157.

Gennet S., Howard J., Langholz J., Andrews K., Reynolds M., and S. Morrison. 2013. Farm practices for food safety: An emerging threat to floodplain and riparian ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment; doi:10.1890/120243.

Langholz, J. and F. DePaolis. 2013. Economic Contributions of Santa Cruz County Agriculture. Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Santa Cruzy County, CA.

Langholz, J. and F. DePaolis. 2013. Economic Contributions of San Luis Obispo County Agriculture. Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, San Luis Obispo County, CA.

Langholz, J. and F. DePaolis. 2012. Economic Contributions of Monterey County Agriculture. Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Monterey County, CA.

Langholz, J. 2010. Global Trends in Private Protected Areas and Their Implications for the Northern Great Plains. Great Plains Research 20(1): 9-16.

Lowell, K., Langholz, J. and D. Stuart. 2010. Safe and Sustainable: Co-Managing for Food Safety and Ecological Health in California’s Central Coast Region. Georgetown University and The Nature Conservancy. 131 pp.

Langholz, J. 2009. Saving Species, Privately. World Watch Magazine 22(5):7-11.

Langholz, J. and K.Turner. 2008. You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!): 51 Easy Ways (2nd Edition). Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Sims-Castley, R., G.Kerley, B.Geach, and J.Langholz. 2006.  Socio-economic significance of ecotourism-based private game reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. PARKS 15:2, 6-15.

Langholz, J. and Krug, W.  2004.  New Forms of Biodiversity Governance: Non-State Actors and the Private Protected Area Action Plan.  Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 7:9-29.

Langholz, J. 2004.  Forest Recreation on Private Lands. In:  Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.  New York: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Langholz, J. 2004.  Lessons from Global Climate Change: A Proposed Kyoto Protocol for the World’s Oceans.  Pages 43-58, In:  S. Uno, T. Katsumura, and H. Imaoka (editors), Development of Marine Resources and Ocean Governance: The Environment of Coastal Regions along the Sea of Japan. Hamada, Japan: University of Shimane Press.

Langholz, J. and K.Turner. 2003. You Can Prevent Global Warming (and Save Money!): 51 Easy Ways. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Langholz, J. 2003.  Privatizing Conservation.  Pages 117-135, In: S. Brechin, P. Wilshusen,  P. West, and C. Fortwangler (editors), Contested Nature: Promoting International Biodiversity with Social Justice in the 21st Century.  New York: State University of New York Press.

Langholz, J. 2002. Privately Owned Parks. Pages 172-188,  In: J. Terborgh, C. van Schaik, L. Davenport, and M. Rao (editors), Making Parks Work: Strategies for Preserving Tropical Forests.  Covelo, CA: Island Press.

Langholz, J.  2002.  External Partnering for the Triple Bottom Line: People, Profits, and the Protection of Biodiversity. Corporate Environmental Strategy 9(1):1-10.

Kramer, R., Langholz, J. and N. Salafsky. 2002. The Role of the Private Sector in Protected Area Establishment and Management: A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Effectiveness. Pages 335-351, In: J. Terborgh, C. van Schaik, L. Davenport, and M. Rao (editors), Making Parks Work: Strategies for Preserving Tropical Forests. Covelo, CA: Island Press.

Langholz, J., and J. Lassoie. 2002. Combining Conservation and Development on Private Lands: Lessons from Costa Rica. Environment, Development, and Sustainability.

Langholz, J. and K. Brandon. 2001.  Ecotourism and Privately Owned Protected Areas.  Pages 303-314, In: D.Weaver (editor), The Encyclopedia of Ecotourism. Oxon, United Kingdom: CAB International.

Langholz, J., and  J. Lassoie. 2001. Perils and Promise of Privately Owned Protected Areas. BioScience 51(12):1079-1085.

Langholz, J., J.Lassoie, and J. Schelhas. 2000.  Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Costa Rica’s Private Wildlife Refuge Program. Conservation Biology 14(6): 1735-1743.

Langholz, J., J.Lassoie, D.Lee, and D.Chapman. 2000. Economic Considerations of Privately Owned Parks. Ecological Economics 33(2):173-183.

Langholz, J. 1999. Exploring the Effects of Alternative Income Opportunities on Rainforest Use: Insights from Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. Society and Natural Resources 12:139-149.

Uphoff, N., and J. Langholz. 1998. Incentives for Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons.  Environmental Conservation 25(3): 251-261.

Langholz, J. 1996.  Economics, Objectives, and Success of Private Nature Reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Conservation Biology 10(1):271-280.

Langholz, J. 1996.  Ecotourism Impact at Independently Owned Nature Reserves in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  In:  Miller, Joseph and E.Malek-Zadeh (editors), The Ecotourism Equation: Measuring the Impacts.  New Haven, CT: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Bulletin Series, No.99

Courses

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CLPG 8600 - Conservation Leadershp Pract      

The Monterey Institute Conservation Leadership Practicum's mission is to provide conservation projects world-wide with students and professionals trained in relevant and practical skills for successful environmental project management and leadership. The two weeks are divided into ten key skill areas taught by Monterey Institute professor Jeffrey Langholz and leading local and global conservation practitioners. CLP trainers are qualified professionals in the field from such organizations as Foundations of Success, Pact, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Big Sur Land Trust. The first week of the training will cover leadership in project design. The course will cover the Conservation Project Cycle, comprehensive site assessment tools, management plans, and project monitoring and evaluation. The second week of the training will cover how to build project teams, financial management for conservation leaders, leadership ethics, conflict resolution, and effective outreach and media relations. Assignments will include a team conceptual model presentation, team management plan, budgeting exercise, media deliverable, self-assessment, and class participation. Students may elect to complete an additional 2-unit directed study course that expands on a project started during the CLP training under the supervision and guidance of Prof. Langholz.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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CLPG 8698 - DirStudy:ConsLeadershipApps      

The Conservation Leadership Practicum (CLP) provides professional training that combines readings and hands-on applications, classroom instruction and site visits, and a post-seminar reflection paper. The two-module CLP training occurs over two intensive weeks. An eclectic collection of practitioners teach the modules, bringing a unique mix of insights and experience into the classroom. The practicum concludes with a post-CLP reflection period and the submission of a short written assignment. Participants who successfully complete the practicum will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Monterey Institute. CLP 8698A requires the completion of two 10 page deliverables related to the content and tools provided during CLP. Deliverables are confirmed through a proposal process with the course instructor.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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IEPG 8503 - Resrch Strategies for Env Pol      

Environmental policy-making requires high quality research at every stage of the process. This course introduces students to the design and implementation of research, with an emphasis on applied research into contemporary environmental policy problems.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IEPG 8530 - Biodiversity Policy&Management      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IEPG 8591 - Applied Conservation Science      

This course is about saving life on earth. It provides the scientific foundation required to formulate sound environmental policies capable of addressing human population growth, habitat destruction, resource overexploitation, and other anthropogenic factors that continue to undermine the earth’s ecological systems. The course focuses on scientific underpinnings of conserving the world’s remaining biological diversity (aka “biodiversity”). It draws from biology, ecology, and other natural sciences to deliver the broad scientific training that future policymakers need. As a short survey course, the goal is not to transform you into a biologist or an ecologist, but rather to equip you with the basic knowledge you need to understand how the natural world works, speak the language with confidence, and use science to develop sound environmental policy.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IEPG 8616 - Environmntal Conflict Mgmt      

Environmental conflicts continue to rise in frequency and intensity across much of the world as populations grow and natural resources dwindle. The growing number of "resource wars" has convinced scholars and government leaders alike that environmental factors are critical to international security. Despite increased attention to the role that natural resources play in conflicts, a crippling information gap persists. Scholars know surprisingly little about the conditions under which fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, and other resources lead to (or exacerbate) conflict, let alone the best ways to prevent or resolve such conflicts. Growing demand exists for professionals who can analyze root causes of these conflicts and apply tools for resolving them. This course helps fill that demand. Using lectures, case studies, role plays, and simulations, it trains students in techniques for analyzing and resolving natural resource disputes worldwide.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IEPG 8664 - Conservatn Prjct Design & Eval      

A preponderance of scientific data show that fisheries, forests, freshwater, and other natural resources continue to decline across most of the world, and that conservation projects usually fail to accomplish their goals. This course addresses both of these complex problems. It delivers state of the art techniques for designing conservation projects that have the strongest possible chance of success, and evaluating the extent of that success. Examples include: knowing the conservation project cycle, assessing site conditions, developing management plans, and creating monitoring and evaluation plans. This "learn by doing" course emphasizes practice, especially through learning a conservation project management software program called Miradi. Although the course emphasizes site specific, in situ biodiversity conservation (i.e. protected natural areas), the skills and knowledge can apply to a wide range of environmental projects and programs.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IPOL 8503 - Resrch Strategies for Env Pol      

Environmental policy-making requires high quality research at every stage of the process. This course introduces students to the design and implementation of research, with an emphasis on applied research into contemporary environmental policy problems.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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IPOL 8591 - Natural Sci Foundtns 4 Env Pol      

This course is about saving life on earth. It provides the scientific foundation required to formulate sound environmental policies capable of addressing human population growth, habitat destruction, resource overexploitation, and other anthropogenic factors that continue to undermine the earth’s ecological systems. The course focuses on scientific underpinnings of conserving the world’s remaining biological diversity (aka “biodiversity”). It draws from biology, ecology, and other natural sciences to deliver the broad scientific training that future policymakers need. As a short survey course, the goal is not to transform you into a biologist or an ecologist, but rather to equip you with the basic knowledge you need to understand how the natural world works, speak the language with confidence, and use science to develop sound environmental policy.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS

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IPOL 8616 - Environmntal Conflict Mgmt      

Environmental conflicts continue to rise in frequency and intensity across much of the world as populations grow and natural resources dwindle. The growing number of "resource wars" has convinced scholars and government leaders alike that environmental factors are critical to international security. Despite increased attention to the role that natural resources play in conflicts, a crippling information gap persists. Scholars know surprisingly little about the conditions under which fisheries, forests, wildlife, water, and other resources lead to (or exacerbate) conflict, let alone the best ways to prevent or resolve such conflicts. Growing demand exists for professionals who can analyze root causes of these conflicts and apply tools for resolving them. This course helps fill that demand. Using lectures, case studies, role plays, and simulations, it trains students in techniques for analyzing and resolving natural resource disputes worldwide.

Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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IPOL 8645 - Protected Areas Policy      

National parks and other protected areas form the cornerstone of global biodiversity policy. Despite tremendous popularity and importance, these bastions of biodiversity face conflicting mandates and escalating threats. This course examines protected area policies in an international context, emphasizing key policy issues that transcend national borders. We will analyze several case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, seeking to isolate factors of apparent success, failure, and institutional learning. Key questions include: How have protected area paradigms changed over time? Can parks be financially self‐sustaining? How can protected areas balance conservation with local economic development? What role can and should local and indigenous communities play in protected areas? What is an appropriate role for the private sector in establishing and operating parks? How can we evaluate the effectiveness of protected areas? To what extent can transboundary protected areas (aka “peace parks”) foster international peace, security, and conservation? The course includes field trips to local protected areas representing different management regimes and challenges. It also includes an overview of career opportunities with a wide variety of international conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the U.S. Agency for International Development, and The World Bank.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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IPOL 8664 - ConservationProjectDesign&Eval      

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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WKSH 8541 - Conservation Mgmt & Leadership      

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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