Research Opportunities

Graduate Research Opportunities

Oneida Lake

Graduate Research Opportunities

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I have a couple of projects that provide a unique opportunity for undergraduates to obtain experience doing social science research in the natural resource management field. Interested students can engage in these projects and obtain undergraduate course credit.

Why do (or don’t) landowners remove invasive plants? – Many plant species have been introduced into eastern woodlands by human activities. These species are not native and can sometimes cause environmental harm by reducing the diversity of other species in the system and changing the chemical, biological and hydrological processes that maintain forest health. This  research asked landowners to provide their opinions on the control of three non-native species: Japanese stilt grass, Japanese honeysuckle, and Tree of heaven.

Who’s happier with their life? Recreation Specialization and Human Well Being – There is a lot of evidence that simply being in and around nature can make you happier and healthier. Natural resources recreation certainly offers those benefits and more (e.g., physical fitness). What we don’t know is how your level of involvement (as a causal, active, or committed participant) relates to your perceived satisfaction with your life (well-being). This research would examine well-being and recreation specialization to better understand this relationship.

Can we rely on hunters to protect imperiled species? Two-thirds of endangered species use private lands in the U.S., and one-third of endangered species rely almost exclusively on private lands. An increasing number of people are buying land primarily as a place to hunt. Can these recreation landowners help provide habitat for endangered species? This research will look at attitudes of “recreation landowners” toward helping endangered species.