Newly minted Dr. Miller!
Lab affiliate Zach Miller successfully defended his dissertation recently. Congratulations, Dr. Miller! His dissertation was “Day hikers and bear safety: An elaboration perspective on education in Yellowstone National Park.” Good work, Zach – we wish you the best as you begin the next chapter of your career.
Lab Grad Ellie Rial
The Lab congratulates Ellie Rial for defending her thesis, “Public-private water conservation.” Ellie was advised by Lab director Libby Covelli Metcalf. It was a pleasure to work with you, Ellie! Looking forward to what the future has in store! WELL DONE!
Lab Grad Devin Landry
The Lab extends a hearty congratulations to Devin Landry who successfully defended his thesis, “Recreation aviation and wildlife impacts.” Devin was co-advised by Lab director Libby Covelli Metcalf and Professor Creagh Breuner. Devin, we can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! WELL DONE!
The Lab has been awarded a $315,000 JFSP grant. Lab directors Alex Metcalf and Libby Covelli Metcalf will partner with UM’s Phil Higura, MSU’s Dave McWethy, and the Forest Service’s Carol Miller to clarify theoretical definitions of ‘wildfire resilience,’ refine this definition based on feedback from residents and communities across the N. Rockies, and identify key actions fire managers can take to promote socially and ecologically resilient landscapes.
Lab director Alex Metcalf's paper in the Journal of Forestry uses Social Psychological theory to guide outreach to private landowners
Undergrad student researches Missouri Breaks
Jessica Brown just completed an honors thesis project for the UM Davidson Honors College on visitor experiences in the upper Missouri River Breaks, as part of the Lab's research for the BLM to help the agency understand visitor experiences on the river to inform their management plan.
Montana Wildlife Society Meeting
The lab presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society on attitudes and potential for conflict toward new elk and brucellosis management tools. This work was used by the FWP Commission during recent decisions.
Dr. Libby Metcalf and colleagues’ work in the Human Dimensions of Wildlife helps improve understanding of constraints and negotiation strategies through a typology of female hunters.
Land ownership on the Clark Fork
The Human Dimensions Lab is conducting spatial analysis to support a study of landowners in the Upper Clark Fork Watershed of Montana
Impacts of Fracking
Dr. Alex Metcalf and colleagues submitted an analysis of private forest landownership trends in the Marcellus shale region of Pennsylvania to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry to help the state better manage impacts of fracking on private forestland stewardship.
Learn about courses we teach in the College of Forestry and Conservation that focus on the human dimensions of natural resources.