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Michael Patterson

Associate Dean of College of Forestry & Conservation

Research Interests

Since obtaining my Ph.D. I have sought to establish a research program centered around 3 inter-related themes: (1) human experiences with wildlife and wildland resources, (2) social constructions, meanings, and values that these experiences reflect and create, and (3) social conflict that occurs as a consequence of differences in social constructions and meanings. My work in this area has centered around 3 domains of research: wildland recreation, human dimensions of wildlife, and the role of social science in the emerging collaborative approaches to resource management.

Selected Publications

Willams, D. R. and Patterson, M. E. 2008. Place, leisure, and well-being. In J. Eyles and A. Williams (eds.) Sense of Place, Health, and Quality of Life (pp. 105-119).

Freimund, W., Patterson, M. E., Bosak, K., and Saxen, S. W. 2008. Winter visitor experiences in Yellowstone National Park. Project Report submitted to Yellowstone National Park. 118 pp.

Williams, D. R. and Patterson, M. E. 2007. Snapshots of what, exactly? A comment on methodological experimentation and conceptual foundations in place research. Society and Natural Resources 20:931-937.

Patterson, M. E. and Williams, D. R. 2005. Maintaining research traditions on place: Diversity of thought and scientific progress. Journal of Environmental Psychology 25:361-380.

Montag, J. M., Patterson, M. E., and Freimund, W. A. 2005. The wolf viewing experience in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 10:273-284.

Watson, A. E., Patterson, M. E., Christensen, N., Puttkammer, A., and Meyer, S. 2004. Legislative intent, science, and special provisions in wilderness: A process for navigating statutory compromises. International Journal of Wilderness 10(1):22-26.

Patterson, M. E., Montag, J. M., and Williams, D. R. 2003. The urbanization of wildlife management: social science, conflict, and decision making. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 1:171-183.

Montag, J. M., Patterson, M. E., and Sutton, B. 2003. Political and Social Viability of Predator Compensation Programs in the West. Final Project Report. University of Montana, Missoula, MT. 143 pp.

Patterson, M. E. 2000. Qualitative Analysis of Jet Boat Users on the Salmon River/Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness: Final Project Report for Phase II - Across Individuals Analysis. Submitted to the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. 47 pp.

Patterson, M. E., Guynn, D. E., and Guynn, Jr., D. C. 2000. Human dimensions and conflict resolution. In S. Demarais and P. R. Krausman (eds.) Ecology and Management of Large Animals in North America (pp. 214-232). Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Patterson, M. E., Watson, A. E., Williams, D. R., and Roggenbuck, J. R. 1998. An hermeneutic approach to studying the nature of wilderness experiences. Journal of Leisure Research 30:423-452.

Patterson, M. E. and Williams, D. R. 1998. Paradigms and problems: the practice of social science in natural resource management. Society and Natural Resources 11:279-295.

Patterson, M. E. and Williams, D. R. (forth coming). Collecting and Analyzing Qualitative Data: Hermeneutic Principles, Methods, and Case Examples. Volume ?? In Advances in Tourism Applications Series, D. R. Fesenmaier, J. T. O'leary, and M. S. Uysal, eds. Sagamore Publishing, Champaign, IL.

Shuey, M. L. and Patterson, M.E. 1998. Using a meaning-based approach to discovering underlying belief systems that drive human-wildlife controversies. The Seventh International Symposium on Society and Resource Management - Book of Abstracts. Columbia, Missouri. p. 149.