Nicholas James Reo

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Native American Studies

Nick Reo is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He studies indigenous coupled human and natural systems. He is particularly interested in the ways traditional ecological knowledge, ecosystem stewardship, and socio-ecological adaptation contribute to sustainability in the context of rapid environmental change. Dr. Reo’s recent work studies tribal participation in polycentric environmental governance and large-scale, indigenous led stewardship of riparian ecosystems.

Personal Website
104 Steele Hall
HB 6152
Biological Sciences
Environmental Studies
Native American Studies
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.S. University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
M.S. University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
Ph.D. Michigan State University Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife

Selected Publications

Deyo, N., M. Bohdan, R. Burke, A. Kelley, B. van der Werff, E.D. Blackmer, R.E. Grese and N.J. Reo (2014) Trails on tribal lands in the United States. Landscape and Urban Planning 125: 130–139.

Fletcher, M.L.M, K.E. Fort and N.J. Reo (2014) Tribal disruption and Indian claims. Michigan Law Review First Impressions 112(65): 65-72.

Silver, E. J., J. H. Speer, M. Kaye, N. J. Reo, L. F. Howard, et. al.  2013.  Fire History and Age Structure of an Oakpine Forest on Price Mountain, Virginia, USA.  Natural Areas Journal 33 (4): 440-446. doi:

Fragoso, J. and N. J. Reo. 2013. Complex Interactions Between Biota, Landscapes and Native Peoples Ecological Processes 2 (28).

Reo, N. J. and A. Parker. 2013. Re-thinking colonialism to prepare for the impacts of rapid environmental change Climatic Change 120 (3): 671-682

Reo, N. J. and K. P. Whyte. 2012. Morality and Hunting as Elements of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Human Ecology 40(1).

Reo, N. J. 2011. The Importance of Belief Systems in Traditional Ecological Knowledge Initiatives. International Indigenous Policy Journal 2(4).

McConnell, W. J., J. D. A. Millington, N. J. Reo, et al. 2011. Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS): Approach, Challenges and Strategies. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 92: 218–228.

Reo, N. J. and J. W. Karl 2010. Tribal and state ecosystem management regimes influence forest regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management 260 (5).

Reo, N. J. 2009. Ash trees, Indian communities and the emerald ash borer. Unpublished article available online at

Kazmierski, J., M. Kram, E. Mills, D. Phemister, N. J. Reo, et al. 2004. Conservation planning at the landscape scale: a landscape ecology method for regional land trusts. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 47 (5).

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Works in Progress

Manajiwin: Respecting Tribes, First Nations and Cultural Resources in Cooperative Natural Resource and Environmental Decision Making funded by US Dept of Intertior, Upper Midwest – Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Aanii Ezhi-maamwiboodaweyaang: Restoring (traditional) knowledge, ecosystems & tribal relations through fire management