Natural resources in Indiana and elsewhere are increasingly threatened by human pressures such as land use change, climate change and water pollution. The research, teaching and engagement conducted by the Natural Resource Social Science Lab cumulatively address these human threats with a particular focus on understanding how to encourage more people to become engaged in environmentally friendly behaviors.

Recent Happenings in the Natural Resource Social Science Lab

We had the privilege of having Sarra Tekola, an undergraduate at the University of Washington, conduct research with us this summer.  She was interested in how to communicate climate change to conservative communities and she designed, conducted, and analyzed an entire research project over the course of the summer!  Here she is with her postdoc mentor Stuart Carlton at her poster presentation July 25, 2014.

Sarra Tekola and Stuart Carlton

Sarra Tekola and Stuart Carlton

The Natural Resource Social Science lab likes to “give back” to the community once a semester or so.  In July, we pulled Queen Anne’s Lace from a prairie at a local natural area owned by the NICHES Land Trust.  We all got blisters and chiggers to show for our hard work – making us think that sitting in a lab all day perhaps isn’t such a bad thing!

NRSS Lab after pulling invasives for two hours (and before the dinner at my house!)

NRSS Lab after pulling invasives for two hours (and before the dinner at my house!)