Welcome to the research side of what I do!

I am currently a PhD Student in the Integrative Conservation and Forest Resources program at the University of Georgia. I am a conservation social scientist who focuses on environmental perception and how it influences people’s behaviors, ecotourism, and conservation decision-making. My PhD research asks the question, “What is the role of an iconic species in the formation of a person’s sense of place?” I am looking at this question from many angles on the Georgia Coast, including resident and tourist interviews, surveys, and participant photography. The current iconic species I focus on are the Loggerhead sea turtle and live oak.

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