My research program consists of several projects that are in various stages and are centered around the theme of natural resource decision making within the context of environmental change.  In terms of topical areas, my lab currently works on a variety of issues, both in the U.S. and internationally, including climate change adaptation, forest management and conservation, smallholder farming and livelihood, water conservation, and wildlife-human interactions.


Ongoing Projects

  • Non-industrial private forest landowner perceptions and management of invasive plant species in the U.S.
  • Sustainable behaviors within an organizational context: A case study of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Dynamics of recreationist and wildlife interactions in public parks in the U.S.
  • Institutional-level adaptive water management decision making in the arid and semi-arid western U.S.
  • The adoption of urban stormwater management practices to reduce water pollution in the Great Lakes region
  • Beginning farmers and the adoption of sustainable farming practices in Indiana
  • Smallholder farmer climate change perception and adaptation in the Global South
  • Smallholder farmer agricultural livelihood and adoption of sustainable farming practices in Colombia
  • Evaluation of payment for ecosystem services programs in Bolivia


Past Projects

  • The human and policy dimensions of carbon sequestration on private rangelands in Utah
  • The coupled human (rancher) and large carnivore (wolf) systems in the western United States
  • Effects of federal, state, and local taxes on family forest owners
  • Incorporating cumulative impact assessment into state environmental review processes in the United States
  • State environmental review policy frameworks in the United States
  • USDA Forest Service employees’ views on forest management in a changing climate