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
- Kilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Eryilmaz, Derya; Markowski-Lindsay, Marla A.; Butler, Brett J.; Kittredge, David B.; Catanzaro, Paul F.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Andrejczyk, Kyle. 2015. Assessing the relationship between different forms of landowner assistance and family forest owner behaviors and intentions. Journal of Forestry. 113(1): 12-19.
- Berec, Ludek; Kean, John M.; Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Haight, Robert G. 2015. Designing efficient surveys: spatial arrangement of sample points for detection of invasive species. Biological Invasions. 17(1): 445-459.
- Steelman, Toddi A.; Nowell, Branda; Bayoumi, Deena.; McCaffrey, Sarah. 2014. Understanding information exchange during disaster response: Methodological insights from infocentric analysis. Administration and Society. 46(6): 707-743.
- Tidball, Keith G. 2014. Seeing the forest for the trees: hybridity and social-ecological symbols, rituals and resilience in postdisaster contexts. Ecology and Society. 19(4): 25.
- Jiang, Bin; Chang, Chun-Yen; Sullivan, William C. 2014. A dose of nature: Tree cover, stress reduction, and gender differences. Landscape and Urban Planning. 132: 26-36.
- Miller, Kristell A.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Kilgore, Mike A.; Davenport, Mae A. 2014. Family forest landowners' interest in forest carbon offset programs: Focus group findings from the Lake States, USA. Environmental Management. 54(6): 1399-1411.
- Campbell, Lindsay K. 2014. Constructing New York City's urban forest. The politics and governance of the MillionTreesNYC campaign. In: Sandberg, L. Anders; Bardekjian, Adrina; Butt, Sadia, eds. Urban forests, trees and greenspace. A policy perspective. New York, NY: Routledge: 242-260. Chapter 16.
- Svendsen, Erika S.; Campbell, Lindsay K. 2014. Community-based memorials to September 11, 2001: environmental stewardship as memory work. In: Tidball, Keith G.; Krasny, Marianne E., eds. Greening in the Red Zone: Disaster, resilience and community greening. New York, NY: Springer Dordrecht: 339-355. Chapter 25.
- Battaglia, Michael; Buckley, Geoffrey L.; Galvin, Michael; Grove, Morgan. 2014. It's not easy going green: Obstacles to tree-planting programs in East Baltimore. Cities and the Environment (CATE). 7(2):6.
- Grove, J. Morgan. 2014. Expanding the vision of the Experimental Forest and Range network to urban areas. In: Hayes, D.C.; Stout, S.L.; Crawford, R.H.; Hoover, A.P., eds. USDA Forest Service experimental forests and ranges research for the long term. New York, NY: Springer: 631-650.
Last Modified: 01/11/2012