Alexander L. Metcalf

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Alexander L. Metcalf

Assistant Professor

Website: http://www.cfc.umt.edu/research/humandimensions
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Office Hours:

Office hours are posted each semester on course syllubi and my office door. I am also available by appointment, just send me an e-mail at alex.metcalf@umontana.edu with a few suggested times.

Personal Summary

I am a social scientist in the broad field of human dimensions of natural resources. I apply theories and methods from a variety of psychology- and sociology-related disciplines to understand and address natural resource issues while also advancing theory. I use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, including spatial (GIS) techniques, to understand relationships between humans and the environment, and the consequences of conservation behaviors across scales. I am particularly interested in (1) using theories of social-ecological system dynamics to inform management toward desired outcomes; (2) understanding the factors which drive individual private landowner conservation decisions and behaviors (including cross-boundary realities of many natural resources) to better encourage stewardship; (3) improving the use and measurement of attitudes, beliefs, and values to inform agency and NGO decisions; and (4) helping ensure people and communities are fairly and meaningfully engaged in dialogue around natural resource decisions. I orient my research toward a variety of natural resource contexts and issues, including forest management, private land conservation, fire policy and management, invasive species control, and human-wildlife interaction.

Education

Ph.D., Forest Resources & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources; The Pennsylvania State University, 2010

M.S., Forest Resources; The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

B.S., Environmental Science; Juniata College, 2001

Courses Taught

NRSM 121 - Nature of Montana

NRSM 379 – Collaboration in Natural Resource Decisions

NRSM 398/498 - Resource Conservation Internships

NRSM 574 - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Theory

NRSM 595 - Survey Data Analysis

Teaching Experience

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

NRSM 379 (3cr) Collaboration in Natural Resource Decisions

NRSM 121 (3cr) Nature of Montana

NRSM 214 (1 cr) Field studies in conservation (field based)

PTRM/NRSM 574 (3cr) Human dimensions of natural resources

FORS 130 (2cr) Forestry Field Skills (field based)

NRSMS 191 (1cr)

Natural Resource Field Techniques (field based)

FORS 391 (3cr) Field Forestry Skills at LEF (field based)

NRSM 595 (2cr) Human Dimensions of Wildlife

NRSM 298/398/498 (1-6cr) Natural Resource Internships

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

FOR/WFS 497 (3cr) Facilitating Natural Resource Decisions

FOR 203 (3cr) Dendrology (w/Lab)

FOR 366 (4cr) Forest Mensuration (w/Lab)

JUNIATA COLLEGE

ESS 100 (3cr) Earth and Environmental Science

EES/RFS 330 (3cr) Geographic Information Systems (w/Lab)

Research Interests

I am a social scientist investigating the human dimensions of natural resources and the environment. I apply theories and methods from psychology and sociology-related disciplines to understand and address natural resource issues while advancing theory. I use qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and novel methods to study relationships between humans and the environment and the environmental consequences of human behaviors across scales. I am particularly interested in applying social-ecological systems theory to inform management toward desired outcomes; understanding drivers behind conservation behaviors (including cross-boundary realities of many natural resources) to encourage better stewardship; improving the measurement and use of attitudes, beliefs, and values to inform agency and NGO decisions; and helping ensure people and communities are fairly and meaningfully engaged in dialogue around natural resource decisions. I orient my research toward diverse contexts and issues, including forest management, private land conservation, wildfire, invasive species control, and human-wildlife coexistence. 

Please visit out our Human Dimensions Lab webpage for more information about our research, current projects and students, and courses we teach:

 

Keywords: private land management and conservation; natural resources extension and outreach; collaboration; social ecological systems; resilience; fire wildfire; forest and river restoration; human-wildlife conflict; invasive species; social-psychology; sociology; psychology; spatial analysis; GIS; multivariate statistics; sampling and estimation; survey research; mixed methods; phenomenology; qualitative quantitative; market analysis; communication; systematic conservation planning; land use planning; conservation triage; conservation marketing; spatial planning

Affiliations

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Department of Society and Conservation

The Center for Private Forests, Affiliate Faculty

Professional Experience