We are a group of interdisciplinary scientists working on current visitor use management issues in parks and protected areas. Our research focuses on understanding the impacts of outdoor recreation on ecosystems (recreation ecology) and the human behaviors that lead to both social and ecological impacts. To learn more about who we are please visit our People page and to learn more about current projects in the lab please visit our Projects and Publications page. Current opportunities with our group will be listed under Opportunities.
8/2/2022: Former lab member, Carli Schoenleber's M.S. thesis work on using theory-based communication to protect Western Snowy Plovers on the Oregon Coast was just published in the Journal for Nature Conservation.
8/16/2021: New paper out from the lab! Jenna Baker's thesis work was just published in Applied Geography. Her work focused on the social and ecological implications of stand-up paddleboarding and other water-based recreation. Jenna also comes up with the best titles for her papers!
Address: Oregon State University Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society 321 Richardson Hall Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Office: 318 Richardson Hall
Let it be acknowledged that Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary's River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (https://www.grandronde.org) and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians (https://ctsi.nsn.us).