Matt  Shinderman


American pika
Park Studies
Matt Shinderman
Faculty, Director-Sustainability Double-Degree, Senior Instructor 1

I study American pika in lava landscapes and am the faculty program lead for the Park Studies Unit at Cascades Campus (in collaboration with the National Park Service).  My lab ( focuses on triple-bottom-line approaches to sustainable development locally and abroad. 

Fisheries and Wildlife
Cascades Campus
2600 NW College Way
Bend , OR 97703
United States


I am currently working on two active projects:

Upper Columbia Basin Network American Pika Research and Monitoring Program (National Park Service)

Developing a study plan for collaborative research and monitoring of American pika populations in national parks and adjacent non-park lands (e.g., US Forest Service Newberry National Volcanic Monument) within the UCBN. The plan draws upon existing NPS monitoring protocol (Jeffress et al. 2011) in use in parks in the region.

Sustainability Projects in American Samoa (Roundhouse Foundation)

Working with local partners in American Samoa to design and implement projects that reduce ecological degradation, improve economic development and increase community investment in sustainability.  The first project is focused on reducing solid waste (trash) accumulation in near-shore reef systems at Utulei Beach.


Cascades Campus

FES 444 Ecological Aspects Park and Protected Area Management

NR 350 Sustainable Communities

RNG 341 Rangeland Ecology and Management

FW 350 Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability

SUS 304 Sustainability Assessment

SUS 330 Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability

SUS 410 Sustainability Practicum


BS       Environmental Studies/Health Sciences, James Madison University, 1995

MS      Range Ecology, Utah State University, 1999

PhD     Rangeland Ecosystem Management, Colorado State University, 2003

I can serve on graduate committees


Rowe, H.I., Shinderman, M., and E.T. Bartlett. 2001. Change on the range: difficult choices for ranchers. Rangelands 23(2): 6-9.


Shinderman, M., and C.A. Call. 2001. Establishment of forbs in cattle dungpats deposited in vegetation gaps in a degraded sagebrush community. Ecological Restoration: 19(2):99-106.


Shinderman, M.  2015.  American pika in a low elevation lava landscape: expanding the known distribution of a temperature sensitive species.  Ecology and Evolution 5(17):1-24.


Shinderman, M. 2015.  Introduction to sustainability as a distinct worldview with emphasis on the ecological domain.  Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, May.  

Fun Fact

I love backcountry skiing, fly-fishing and generally being in the mountains.  I also really enjoy watching FC Barcelona with my two boys and talking science with il mio amore Emily.