Photograph of James Pritchard

Dr. James A Pritchard

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Emeritus


Contact Info

234 Science II

Research Area

Area of Expertise

  • Environmental History
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • National Parks


  • Ph.D., U.S. History, University of Kansas, 1996
  • M.A., History, Montana State University, 1991
  • K-12 Teaching Certification, Montana State University, 1989
  • B.A., Psychology, Miami University (Ohio), 1976

Dr. Pritchard has a shared appointment with ISU's Department of Natural Resources Ecology and Management, and the Department of Landscape Architecture. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor for both departments.

He teaches the gigantic, fun & fascinating "Introduction to Renewable Resources," as well as Natural Resource Policy, Fundamentals of Interpretation, Intro. to the North American Model, an honors seminar on the national parks, and Natural Resource Policy & History.  As an environmental historian, his research specializes in the history of U.S. national parks, and the history of wildlife conservation & wildlife science.

Dr. Pritchard has safely returned from his faculty development leave in Ottawa, Ontario, the capitol city of Canada (see picture), where he was almost kidnapped by the Brahms Choir and the Bytown Ukulele Group.  He always looks forward to winter and skiing with the ISU Nordic Ski Club.  He is also the advisor for the ISU Cycling Club.


James Pritchard.  "A Landscape Transformed."  Chapter 1 (pp. 12-43) in J.L. Anderson, ed., The Rural Midwest Since WWII.  Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.

James Pritchard.  "Irresistible Fascination:  Fritiof Fryxell and the Development of Grand Teton National Park."  Annals of Wyoming 85 No. 4, (Autumn 2013): 2-16. 

James Pritchard.  "Mountain Home, Prairie Home," Wapsipinicon Almanac No. 15 (December, 2008). James Pritchard. "Mountain Home, Prairie Home," Wapsipinicon Almanac No. 15 (December, 2008): 150-157.

James A. Pritchard, Diane M. Debinski, Brian Olechnowski, and Ron Vannimwegen. "The Landscape of Paul Errington's Work." Wildlife Society Bulletin Vol. 34, No. 5 (2006): 1411-16. Peer Edited.

James Pritchard. "Prairie Cemeteries: Memories and Biological Heritage." The Iowan 54 No. 4 (March /Apr. 2006): 14-16.

James Pritchard. "Threatened by Industry, Saved by Science: Mussel Propagation at the Fairport Biological Laboratory." Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science V. 112 No. 3-4 (July-December 2005): 36-47. Peer Reviewed.

James Pritchard. "Charles C. Adams and Early Ecological Rationales for Yellowstone National Park, 1916-1941." Reprinted in People and Place: The Human Experience in Greater Yellowstone. Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yellowstone Center for Resources, 2004.

James Pritchard. Epilogue to Preserving Yellowstone's Natural Conditions: Science and the Perception of Nature. Reprinted in Ecological Restoration 21(No. 4, December 2003): 254-257.

Diane M. Debinski and James Pritchard. Guide to the Butterflies of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Roberts Rinehart, 2002.

James Pritchard. "Wildlife, Ecological, and Wilderness Values in the National Parks." The George Wright Forum (June, 2002).

Randal Beeman and James Pritchard. A Green and Permanent Land: Ecology and Agriculture in the Twentieth Century. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001.

James Pritchard. Preserving Yellowstone's Natural Conditions: Science and the Perception of Nature. University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

"Charles C. Adams and Early Ecological Rationales for Yellowstone National Park, 1916-1941." The George Wright Forum 15 (No. 4, 1998): 27-35.