People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Romolini, Michele; Grove, Morgan; Ventriss, Curtis L.; Koliba, Christopher J.; Krymkowski, Daniel H. 2016. Toward an understanding of citywide urban environmental governance: An examination of stewardship networks in Baltimore and Seattle. Environmental Management. 58(2): 254-267.
- Sachdeva, Sonya; McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Locke, Dexter 2016. Social media approaches to modeling wildfire smoke dispersion: spatiotemporal and social scientific investigations. Information, Communication && Society. 16 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1218528.
- Sachdeva, Sonya 2016. The influence of sacred beliefs in environmental risk perception and attitudes. Environment and Behavior. 18 p. http://dx.doi.org/0.1177/0013916516649413.
- Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika S.; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Johnson, Michelle L. 2016. A social assessment of urban parkland: Analyzing park use and meaning to inform management and resilience planning. Environmental Science && Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.01.014
- McMillen, Heather; Campbell, Lindsay; Svendsen, Erika; Reynolds, Renae 2016. Recognizing Stewardship Practices as Indicators of Social Resilience: In Living Memorials and in a Community Garden. Sustainability. No. 775. 8(8): 26p.
- Campbell, Lindsay K.; Gabriel, Nate 2016. Power in urban social-ecological systems: Processes and practices of governance and marginalization. Urban Forestry && Urban Greening. 2 p. doi: 10.1016/j.ufug.2016.05.005
- Pregitzer, Clara C.; Sonti, Nancy F.; Hallett, Richard A. 2016. Variability in urban soils influences the health and growth of native tree seedlings. Ecological Restoration. 34(2): 106-116.
- Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Campbell, Lindsay; Johnson, Michelle; Daftary-Steel, S. 2016. Long-term outcomes of an urban farming internship program. Journal of Experiential Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1053825916655444 [19 p.].
- Bussey, John; Davenport, Mae A.; Emery, Marla R.; Carroll, Clint 2016. "A Lot of It Comes from the Heart": The Nature and Integration of Ecological Knowledge in Tribal and Nontribal Forest Management. Journal of Forestry. 114(2): 97-107.
- McGee, Tara K.; Curtis, Allan; McFarlane, Bonita L.; Shindler, Bruce; Christianson, Amy; Olsen, Christine; McCaffrey, Sarah M. 2016. Facilitating knowledge transfer between researchers and wildfire practitioners about trust: An international case study. The Forestry Chronicle. 92(02): 167-171.
Last Modified: 06/07/2016