Assistant Professor of Conservation and Natural Resource Management
Start Year: 2014
Plant and Earth Science
Ph.D. University of Idaho;
M.S. Alaska Pacific University;
B.S. University of Idaho
Natural Resource Planning and Management, Conservation, Sustainability/Resilience, Natural Resource Social Psychology, Interdisciplinary Research, ArcGIS
The relationships between biophysical and social processes have always fascinated me. Humans play a large role in ecosystem health, and vigorous ecosystems are fundamental to human health. Understanding what drives human perceptions of conservation, landscape disturbances, restoration, and subsequent behavior is an interest of mine. Exploring various strategies for communicating complex scientific information (e.g., climate change, restoration, merging social and ecological resilience) across disciplinary and management boundaries is also a research priority. Balancing social and ecological sustainability and resilience is a considerable challenge today and in our future. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with students toward understanding these challenges and developing creative solutions.