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School of Environment and Natural Resources


New Assistant Professor of Parks, Protected Areas, and Natural Resources Management

Alia Dietsch joins the school Autumn 2014 as an assistant professor of Parks, Protected Areas, and
Natural Resources Management after serving as a social scientist with the United States Geological Survey and doctoral work at Colorado State University.  She is an applied social scientist that uses a social psychological approach to understand the role of humans in natural resources and conservation challenges.
Dietsch brings with her a wealth of experience in working with state and federal natural resource agencies to inform planning, management and communication efforts. She has published numerous reports and scholarly articles in support of her research efforts. Dietsch is also engaged in research on human thought about wildlife, including human-wildlife interactions, in the interest of informing management decisions.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to interact with Dietsch right from the start as she teaches ENR 5640 – Natural Resources Planning offered autumn semester and a requirement for natural resource management and environmental policy and decision making majors in the school. She welcomes the opportunity to engage students in understanding the role of planning in natural resources management, and believes that “Planning is a critical part of ensuring the actions we aim to implement
not only meet our goals and objectives, but are effective, feasible, fiscally-responsible and reasonable given a changing society.”
On the opportunity to join the school and The Ohio State University, Dietsch remarked, “I am really excited about the interdisciplinary nature of SENR and working at such a well-recognized and respected university.”
Moving to Ohio in some respects is a homecoming for Dietsch, despite the fact that she is a new state resident. She has roots in Findlay where her extended family owns and operates Dietsch Brothers, a fine chocolate and ice cream shop that has been in business since 1937.