Heidi Huber-Stearns is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Oregon, focusing on natural resource policy and governance, primarily on public lands. She has a background in watershed investment programs, cross-boundary work and social science aspects of ecosystem services. She also is Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon, and Associate Director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program (EWP) within the institute. EWP is an applied research and technical assistance program built on the fundamental belief that ecology, economy, and governance are intimately interconnected. EWP focuses on providing applied research, technical assistance, policy education, community resources, publications, and student experiences.