Grad student honored for wilderness research

Chris Armatas and Carly CampbellCollege of Forestry and Conservation PhD student Chris Armatas was recently recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with a National Wilderness Award for Excellence in Wilderness Research Applications. He and Carly Campbell, an undergraduate student at UM, were recognized for their work compiling 50 years of social science data sets. 

From the U.S. Forest Service's award announcement: "Through Chris and Carly’s efforts, 50 social science data sets dating back to the 1960s are now literally at the fingertips of managers, scientists, and students to analyze and apply to future management decisions and applications.  This trove of social science research represents about 75 percent of all wilderness social science projects conducted worldwide. Data and methods that used to take months to search for are now instantly accessible. Chris and Carly’s work even resulted in a first for Forest Service research, a wilderness research publication in a science journal (Environmental Management) that included full reference to the supportive archived data, coding manuals, methodology descriptions, and reports. With huge amounts of data yet unanalyzed, the efforts of these two students will influence wilderness studies for a long time to come."

Armatas is a PhD student with professor Bill Borrie, in the College of Forestry and Conservation, and Campbell is majoring in history at UM and works at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.

CFC alumnus Steve Martin was also recognized with an award for Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research. Martin received a master's here in 1987 and a PhD in 1994 and is currently chair of the department of environmental science and management at Humboldt State University. 

From the U.S. Forest Service's award announcement: "Dr. Martin has collaborated with the Leopold Institute, as well as Forest Service and National Park Service units in the Sierra Nevada, to support management and planning decisions by employing science in a diversity of areas including: bear-proof containers and visitor safety, the use of technology in wilderness by visitors, quota decisions based on visitor travel simulation and visitor attitudes about intervention to adapt to climate change, and ecological restoration to fix problems caused by past human behavior. He remains focused on management solutions applied to wilderness stewardship issues relevant across the National Wilderness Preservation System."

Photo: Carly Campbell and Chris Armatas in front of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.