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Directory - Jessica Leahy


Jessica_LeahyAssociate Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
241 Nutting Hall Orono, ME 04469-5755
(207) 581-2834; fax (207) 581-2875
jessica.leahy@maine.edu

  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota (2005)
  • M.S. Oregon State University (2001)
  • Honors B.S. Oregon State University (1999)

I was born and raised in Alaska, adjacent to the second largest state park in the United States. As a result, I’ve always been curious about the connection between humans and forests. I research environmental attitudes and behaviors towards forests, forestry, and other natural resource management topics using a social psychology and communication approach. I tend to study four populations: outdoor recreationists, forest landowners, natural resource managers, and the “general public.” My research program encompasses the role of social capital and trust in public involvement, participation, and citizen science; forest landowner decision-making processes; and influence of media and educational campaigns on attitudes and behavior.

 


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Brittany Ross is currently a Junior in the Forestry program at the University of Maine. She enjoys many outdoor activities including running, hiking, biking, skiing, and swimming. Running is her passion in life. She ran a half marathon last year and hopes to run a full marathon (26.2 miles) this year!

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