Representative Research Initiatives

Human Dimension of Natural Resource Conservation

The initiative currently focuses on research and development of educational and communications programming about natural resources for a variety of audiences and settings, including parks, resource agencies, nature centers, zoos, community organizations, schools, and the media. Faculty and students have been involved in a variety of research projects, such as:

Southern Cone Initiative
The montane forests, low-land subtropical and south-temperate forests, savannas, and arid areas of the Southern Cone of South America possess a unique and highly diverse flora and fauna. The threats to this region are equally diverse. Deforestation, desertification, exotic species, and over-harvest of native species pose serious risks to the ecological integrity and long-term productivity of the Southern Cone.
The Southern Cone Initiative focuses on:

The PSTC student and faculty research in the Southern Cone includes a broad range of topics such as the ecological role of bats in montane forests, effects of traditional management practices on semi-arid landscapes, the economics of wildlife harvest, development of a forest bird population model for conservation planning in pastoral landscapes, and development of a sustainable agricultural research program.