Research Group Principle Investigator: Dr. Ashley D'Antonio Assistant Professor in Nature-Based Recreation Management Gene D. Knudson Forestry Chair
I received my Bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. My M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) are both in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management from Utah State University. From 2015 - 2016 I had a teaching-focused postdoc at Utah State.
My current research focuses on using interdisciplinary, often spatially-based, approaches to understand visitor movement and behaviors in parks and protected areas and the ecological consequences of those behaviors. Much of my work strives to make predictive models of visitor behavior and anticipate the response of various ecosystem components to the pressures of recreation. I hope to not only advance the field of recreation management research but also provide park and protected area managers with useful new knowledge and tools. I hope that managers can use my research to better protect natural resources while continuing to provide quality recreation experiences to visitors in parks and protected areas.
When not science-ing, I enjoy yoga, hiking, and the occasional trail run. I am a bit of a SciFi, fantasy, and LEGO nerd and an avid knitter. I helped spearhead my former knitting group's design and release of a knit National Park Centennial Celebration Blanket for 2016 and helped a close friend design a Leave No Trace inspired "knit-your-own-adventure" pattern called A Hiker's Yarn. I live in Corvallis with my partner, Adam, and our two cats.
Current Research Group Members
Dr. Evan Bredeweg, Postdoctoral Scholar (https://evanbredeweg.weebly.com/) Evan was born in Colorado and has lived in a variety of states growing up. He earned his BS in Environmental Biology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Evan moved to New Zealand for a year as a part of a Fulbright grant to research the conservation biology of the endemic Tuatara. After returning from New Zealand, he moved to Omaha to work in an analytical soils lab while his wife completed her professional schooling. Evan returned to Oregon for graduate school to earn his PhD from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. He is an ecologist specializing in animal movement and behavior. His dissertation research examined environmental and community factors that shape the movement of recently metamorphosed frogs and explored the implication of these movements in future conditions. Throughout his research, the dynamic nature of animals interacting with their environment has been a key aspect in his work. Dr. Bredeweg plans to incorporate a perspective of animal behavior into the assessments of the impacts of human-wildlife interaction within national parks. Additionally, he hopes to provide accessible methodologies to allow managers to tailor this approach to their specific priorities. Outside of science, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 3-year-old son, and their dog. They spend their time cooking, pretending to ride trains, and playing frisbee.
Rosario Allende, Ph.D. student in Forest Ecosystems and Society
Rosario was born in Pennsylvania and lived around the east coast for a few years, then her family moved to Chile where she went to school and college. There she obtained bachelor degrees in Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Ecology from the Ponitifia Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago. She worked in Chile for some time and then went to New Zealand to do field work at Scion Research, where she participated in different projects of silviculture, native woods and soils. Later, she moved to Oregon to look for opportunities to start grad school, she worked for a year doing a variety of things, from walking dogs, working at a flower farm, and selling vegetables at the farmers markets, to working for different professors of OSU in research projects like Salamander surveys, re-establishment of Douglas fir, and watershed data analysis. In between all of this she traveled as much as possible and realized that little monitoring was being done in protected areas around the world, this made her want to learn more about ecological impacts caused by recreation. Her research will focus on creating methodologies to monitor wildlife in protected areas. On her free time Rosario enjoys going on hikes with her dog, farming, eating vegetables.
Jenna Baker, M.S. Student in Forest Ecosystems and Society
Raised in the foothills of Colorado, Jenna journeyed further west to attend Willamette University where she graduated as the Mark O. Hatfield Public Service scholar with a BA in History. Her post-undergrad years included a smattering of adventures and jobs that honed her desire to better understand the relationships between people and how they interact with the outdoors. She spent her summers in college leading trail and chainsaw crews in the Rocky Mountains. She then lived in Fairbanks for three years where she worked as a field and data technician for the University of Alaska’s Long Term Ecological Research program. Lastly, upon returning to the lower 48, she managed communications and development for a Corvallis-based environmental non-profit. As an MS candidate, Jenna is thrilled to be in Dr. D’Antonio’s lab where she is interested in how the motivations and behaviors of recreationists in parks and protected areas influence visitor experience and management decisions. Her research is conducted in Grand Tetons National Park, where she is also part of a larger 2-year study assessing visitor use and visitor impact within a highly used recreation site.
Lara Jacobs, Ph.D. student in Forest Ecosystems and Society
Lara Jacobs is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma and a first-year Ph.D. student focusing on Forest Ecosystems and Society with a minor focus in Anthropology. Her doctoral research interests center on the spatial mapping of outdoor recreationist behaviors and their associated ecological impacts on lands managed by Native Americans/Tribal Governments. She holds an Environmental Studies Master’s Degree from Prescott College, where she focused her studies in Environmental Education, Conservation Science, and Sustainability. For Lara’s Master’s thesis, she explored the sustainability and gender performances of Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers. In addition to her own research, Lara’s played a substantial role in the development and facilitation of an ongoing study that concerns how crisis-based conservation efforts have impacted the population growth of an endangered/seriously threatened plant called Phacelia argentea. Before graduate studies, Lara attended Oregon State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Women Studies. For this degree, Laramerged her interests in environmental issues with topics pertaining to systems of oppression and privilege. Beyond her educational history, Lara’s professional background includes experience with directing nonprofit and Tribal Government programs. For example, she served as Director of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation's education-focused Youth Training Academy (which encompassed ~100 youth and ~30 personnel) and Director for a nonprofit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program that was located in the county with the highest rates of domestic violence in the state of California. Furthermore, as a contract researcher and grant writer, Lara has helped to support the capacity-building efforts of Tribal Nations and nonprofit organizations. In academic settings, Lara possesses experience with instructing and redesigning multiple undergraduate and graduate-level research methods courses. She also holds fifteen years of experience as a professional landscape and portrait photographer/studio owner. After the completion of her Ph.D. program, Lara aspires to continue working in academia as a Professor.
Susie (Irizarry) Sidder, Ph.D student in Forest Ecosystems and Society
Susie is originally from Florida, where her outdoor experiences centered on exploring the scrubby pine forests and coastal ecosystems characteristic of central Florida’s east coast. Experiences in these unique ecosystems sparked a curiosity in Susie about the dynamics of natural systems and how people influence these systems. This interest lead her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from Clemson University. After graduation, an internship with the Student Conservation Association in Yosemite National Park introduced her to the field of human dimensions of natural resources management, and she hasn’t looked back since! Susie has a Master of Science degree from the University of Idaho, where she explored wilderness day use patterns through social and spatial measures among hikers in Yosemite National Park. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. at Oregon State University (OSU), Susie worked as a research analyst at Resource Systems Group, Inc., contributing to social science research in federally protected public lands. As a Ph.D. student at OSU, Susie focuses on exploring theoretical and methodological advances for studying human movement in parks and protected areas. She lives in Corvallis, OR, with her husband Daniel and their puppy Hazel.
Current Undergraduate Technicians
Hailey Light, B.S. Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership with an option in Sustainable Tourism Management-- Graduation Spring 2020
Hailey Light is an undergraduate student at Oregon State University pursuing her degree in Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership. She is an Oregon native growing up outside of the Portland area. She got her love for the outdoors from the frequent backpacking, camping and rafting trips her and her family would go on in elementary and middle school. In high school, she studied abroad in Colombia and Argentina where she found a passion for language, culture and international travel. Today Hailey mainly works in the active outdoor industry doing content and social media marketing as well as event coordination. She worked as an outdoor guide throughout her undergraduate career, frequently showing students of Oregon State University the beauty of Oregon’s backcountry. Hailey started working with Dr. Ashley D’Antonio on a citizen science photo project in Yellowstone doing data analysis in November of 2019 and is Dr. D’Antonio’s 2019/2020 mentee in OSU’s College of Foresty mentored employment program
Allison Trox, B.S. Student in Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership
Allison grew up in Eugene Oregon, where family camping trips and visits to public lands around the state and country engendered a lifelong love of the outdoors. Having spent two summers working in Yellowstone National Park and frequent visits to Europe and the U.K., Allison is intrigued by both international and national approaches to outdoor recreation and land management. Currently, she is increasing her experience with recreation management and research through a position in the OSU Research Forest as a Recreation Field Assistant, and is working with Dr. D'Antonio on a citizen science photo project in Yellowstone doing data analysis. At OSU she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership, with an option in Outdoor Recreation Management. In her free time, Allison enjoys trail running, knitting, and reading whatever she can get her hands on!
Former Research Group Members
Carli (Ewert) Schoenleber, M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society (2019)
Originally from Minnesota lake country, Carli received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. After graduating, she worked with environmental consulting firms in Minneapolis and Los Angeles doing environmental compliance, land use planning, wetland delineations, and GIS analyses. She also spent a short time working as a Soil Science Field Instructor here in Oregon at the Northwest Outdoor Science School. Between jobs, she made travel a priority and has spent time backpacking in India, Central America, and SE Asia. In seeing the different ways people around the world think about the environment, she was inspired to learn more about how conservation psychology can play a major role in solving global environmental issues. Working with Dr. D’Antonio, Carli’s research at OSU focused on human behavior and communication in outdoor recreation areas, specifically focusing on how to prevent people from deteriorating sensitive landscapes. Carli defended her thesis work August of 2019. Her thesis project examined the application of communication theory to design interpretive signs aimed at better protecting the threatened Western Snowy Plover at Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Carli also worked on a project examining recreation use of and overlap with sensitive habitat used by threatened bird species in Orange County, CA.
Maya Taylor-Dinubilo, B.S. Student in Natural Resources, Mentored Employment Program Born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Maya has spent most of her life admiring Oregon’s forests. She spends summers hiking, photographing native trees and shrubs, and generally enjoying the scenery. Maya earned an associate’s transfer degree from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR, in 2016 with the intention to pursue forest conservation at Oregon State University. Once she started, however, she quickly realized that forests are dynamic, controversial things that require an interdisciplinary management approach. Since then, Maya has dedicated herself to better understanding ecology, recreation, timber management, and sociology. Right now, Maya works part-time with the OSU Research Forests, assisting with communication and outreach regarding these complex topics. Maya worked part-time with Dr. D’Antionio as a participant in OSU’s Mentored Employment Program. Maya assisted with data-point reconstruction for a research project in Norway. Once completed, the study will analyze the impacts of recreation on berry bushes, an ecological and cultural resource, in Jotunheimen National Park.
Morgan De Meyer, B.S. Student in Natural Resources (2017), Lab & Field Technician Morgan earned her bachelors from Oregon State in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Recreation Resource Management. Her passion for the outdoors is derived from a lifetime of recreating with her family in the Deschutes National Forest. Morgan worked under Professor Barbara Lachenbruch researching the physiological responses of loblolly pine and Douglas-fir seedlings from varying provenances of drought stress. As well as another research project on the effects of stem disease on water transport in hazelnut trees. Morgan also working closely with Dr. D'Antonio doing data analysis on a research project based out of Norway, studying recreation-related use and disturbance at low and high use trails and cabins within Jotunheimen National Park. Morgan also worked alongside Jenna Baker on a 2-year study in Grand Tetons National Park, analyzing visitor use and impact at one of the park’s increasingly popular lakes. After graduation, Morgan was hired by the US Forest Service as an intern to assist with a national visitor use monitoring program.
Ian Redding, B.S. Student in Recreation Resource Management (2017), Lab Technician & Cartographer Ian is originally from Buffalo, New York, but spent most of his childhood in Ohio and Indiana. After a few years in Florida, he moved to the mountains of California where he spent time in Yosemite and Tahoe. It was during his time in Yosemite that he discovered a passion for outdoor recreation. After seven months working at Grand Canyon National Park, Ian ended up in Portland, Oregon where he attended Portland Community College, earning an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree. Ian graduate with a degree in Recreation Resource Management and a certificate in GIS from Oregon State University in 2017.