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Adrian Uzunian

Adrian Uzunian
Adjunct Faculty Member

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental sociology
  • Resource extraction


  • M.S., Environmental Sociology, Utah State University, 2015
  • B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Fordham University, 2008



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About Adrian Uzunian

Adrian Uzunian is a Program Director for Stewards Individual Placement Program. Upon finishing his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at Fordham University, he decided to put his home state of New York behind him. For the next several years he served as an AmeriCorps OSM/VISTA and OSM/VISTA Leader of various watershed organizations, primarily focusing on the complex issues related to mining in Western Maryland, Colorado and New Mexico. Through his experiences in mining communities and, living in New Orleans, his research interests brought him to Utah State University where he completed a M.S. in Environmental Sociology, focusing on perceptions of hydraulic fracturing in South Texas. After working to place AmeriCorps VISTAs in rural communities facing impacts from resource extraction, he moved in to a role that focuses on leveraging partnerships for all Stewards initiatives and creating value added projects for the organization. He currently oversees a number of initiatives, including several partnerships with the National Park Service. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, trail running, playing soccer, traveling, camping, mountain biking, playing music, and cooking. He is also an active Board Member for the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado.

Selected publications

Theodori, G. & Uzunian, A. 2015. Public Perceptions of Oil and Natural Gas Development in Karnes County, Texas: A Summary Report.
Theodori, G. & Uzunian, A. 2015. Public Perceptions of Oil and Natural Gas Development in La Salle County, Texas: A Summary Report.‚Äč
Petrzelka, P., & Armstrong, A. 2015. Absentee landowners of agricultural land: Influences upon land management decision making and information usage. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 70(5), 303-312. In acknowledgements for design of figures.

Conferences and presentations

Uzunian, A. 2016. "Youth and Abandoned Mine Reclamation: Leveraging Innovative Partnerships in Appalachia." National Association of Abandoned Mine Lands Programs. Bozeman, MT.

Flint C, Q Cannon, K Dean, A Brown, E Wynn, C Mascher, A Hancock, S Hudson, A Uzunian, B Unger. "A Digital Narrative of Values and Vulnerabilities in Utah’s Wasatch Range." Presented at Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth, Perth, Scotland, October 6, 2015.

Uzunian, A., P. Petrzelka. 2015. “Splintered Understanding: Environmental and Health Impacts as a Lens for Exploring Disconnect between Residents’ Perceptions and Scientific Findings.” International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Charleston, SC.

Uzunian, A., J. E. Potterf, P. Petrzelka, C. Ellis, D. Jackson-Smith. 2014. “Frack Framing: Connecting Media Coverage & Resident Perceptions.” Poster presentation, Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. Western Hardrock Watershed Team Bi-annual Training. Organizer, Facilitator & Presenter (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012).

Comp, T A., J. Fehr, A. Uzunian. 2011. “Shaping Rural Communities through Innovative Partnerships.” National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Oral Presentation. New Orleans, LA.

Uzunian, A. 2011. “How to Engage Rural Residents through Utilizing AmeriCorps OSM/VISTAs.” Colorado Conference on Volunteerism. Oral Presentation. Denver, CO.

Boards and committees

Board Member of Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado