Laurie Yung

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Laurie Yung

Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science; Program Director, Resource Conservation Major

Personal Summary

My teaching and research focus on the social and political aspects of conservation, with an emphasis on rural communities and public lands in the Northern Rockies. I serve as the Director of the Resource Conservation Program and as Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in the Department of Society and Conservation.  I teach NRSM 121S Nature of Montana, NRSM 370S Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance, NSRM 426 Climate and Society, and NRSM 570 Political Ecology.  My research examines the ways in which landowners, rural communities, and land management institutions navigate political and ecological change. 

My current research projects include:

  • Forest Community Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in the Context of Climate Change (funded by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station)
  • Working Ranchers, Conservation, and Drought Adaptation (funded by the U.S. Geologic Survey)
  • The Ethics of Geoengineering in Response to Climate Change (funded by the National Science Foundation)
  • Private Landowners and Weed Control Across Large Landscapes (funded by the Missoula County Weed District)
  • Volunteer Monitoring, Citizen Science, and Community Involvement in Public Lands

I also co-direct the Community Vulnerability Working Group, a collaboration with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station to build knowledge of social vulnerability and better integrate that knowledge into decision-making.  Please visit the Community Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity Project for more information on the Working Group and our ongoing webinar series.  


2003: Ph.D. Forestry, University of Montana

1993: M.S. Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

1991: B.A. Psychology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

NRSM 121S Nature of Montana

NRSM 370S Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance

NRSM 426 Climate and Society

NRSM 570 Political Ecology

Research Interests

Rural Communities and Ecological Change

Community and Institutional Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity 

Landownership Change and Cross-Boundary Conservation

Social and Political Aspects of Climate Change Adaptation

Conservation Policy, Political Conflict, and Scale

Social Science Research Methods

Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

Citizen Science

Selected Publications

Khumalo, L. and L. Yung. Women, Human-Wildlife Conflict, and CBNRM:  Hidden Impacts and Vulnerabilities in Kwandu Conservancy, Namibia.  Conservation and Society.  (in press)

Hobbs, R.J, Higgs, E.S., Hall, C.M., Bridgewater, P., Chapin III, F.S., Ellis, E.C., Ewel, J.J., Hallett, L.M., Harris, J.A., Hulvey, K.B., Jackson, S.T., Kennedy, P.L., Kueffer, C., Lach, L., Lantz, T.C., Lugo, A.E., Mascaro, J., Murphy, S.D., Nelson, C.R., Perring, M.P., Richardson, D.M., Seastedt, T.R., Standish, R.J., Starzomski, B.M., Suding, K.N., Tognetti, P.M., Yakob, L. and L. Yung. 2014. Managing the Whole Landscape: Historical, Hybrid and Novel Ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  (in press)

Wyborn, C., Yung, L., Murphy, D. and D.R. Williams. 2014.  Situating Adaptation: How Governance Challenges and Perceptions of Uncertainty Influence Adaptation in the Rocky Mountains.  Regional Environmental Change.

Carr, W., Yung, L. and C. Preston. 2014. Swimming Upstream: Engaging the American Public Early on Climate Engineering. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 70(3).

Carr, W., Preston, C., Yung, L., Szerszynski, B., Keith, D. and A. Mercer. (in press) Public Engagement on Solar Radiation Management and Why it Needs to Happen Now. Climatic Change.

Yung, L., Schwarze, S., Carr, W., Chapin III, F.S., and Marris, E. 2013. Engaging the Public in Novel Ecosystems. In R.J. Hobbs, E.S. Higgs, and C.M. Hall (Eds.) Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bridgewater, P. and L. Yung. 2013. The Policy Context: Building Laws and Rules that Embrace Novelty. In R.J. Hobbs, E.S. Higgs, and C.M. Hall (Eds.) Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Cacciapaglia, M. and L. Yung. 2013. Participatory Place Mapping in Fire Planning. In Stewart, W., Williams, D. and L. Kruger (Eds.) Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from Social Sciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Carr, W., Patterson, M.E., Yung, L., & Spencer, D. 2012. The Faithful Skeptics: Evangelical Religious Beliefs and Perceptions of Climate Change. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 6(3):276-299.

Craig, D.R., Yung, L. and W.T. Borrie. 2012. “Blackfeet Belong to the Mountains:” Hope, Loss, and Blackfeet Claims to Glacier National Park. Conservation and Society 10(3): 232-42

Cacciapaglia, M.S., Yung, L., & Patterson, M.E. 2011. Place Mapping and the Role of Spatial Scale in Understanding Landowner Views of Fire and Fuels Management. Society and Natural Resources 25(5):453-467.

Watson, A., Matt, R., Knotek, K., Williams, D., and L. Yung. 2011. Traditional Wisdom – Protecting Relationships with Wilderness as a Cultural Landscape. Ecology and Society 16(1):36.

Yung, L., Patterson, M.E., and W.A. Freimund. 2010. Rural Community Views on the Role of Local and Extra-Local Interests in Public Lands Governance. Society and Natural Resources 23(11):1-17.

Cole, D.N. and L. Yung (Eds). 2010. Beyond Naturalness:  Rethinking Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Change. Washington D.C.: Island Press.

Hobbs, R.J., Cole, D.N., Yung, L., Zavaleta, E.S., Aplet, G.A., White, P.S., Landres, P.B., Chapin III, F.S., Graber, D.M., Higgs, E.S., Millar, C.I., Parsons, D.J., Randall, J.M., Stephenson, N.L., Tonnessen, K.A., and S. Woodley. 2010. Guiding Concepts for Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Global Environmental Change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(9).

Yung, L., Freimund, W.A. and J. Chandler-Pepelnjak. 2008. Wilderness Politics in the American West:  Rural Community Perspectives on the Development of Roadless Lands. International Journal of Wilderness 14(2):14-23.

Yung, L. and M. Haverhals. 2008. Landowner Views on Weeds:  Moving Forward on Invasive Plant Management. Extension publication by Missoula County and the University of Montana. (pp. 1-16)

Yung, L. and J. Belsky. 2007. Private Property Rights and Community Goods: Negotiating Landowner Cooperation Amidst Changing Ownership on the Rocky Mountain Front. Society and Natural Resources 20(8):689-703.

Yung, L., Freimund, W. and J. Belsky. 2003. The Politics of Place: Understanding Meaning, Common Ground, and Political Difference on the Rocky Mountain Front. Forest Science 49(6), 855-866.