Dr. Kelly Biedenweg has a Ph.D. in the human dimensions of natural resource management. She currently works primarily in the Puget Sound and Oregon looking at the link between ecosystem services and human values and wellbeing. Prior, she spent about ten years in Latin America researching community forest management in the Bolivian Amazon and environmental leadership development in Honduras. Dr. Biedenweg has a B.S. in marine ecology and an M.S. in conservation biology. In her spare time, Dr. Biedenweg likes to make functional pottery and admires those with the patience for sculpting.
Contact: kelly.biedenweg "at" oregonstate "dot" edu
Contact: kelly.biedenweg "at" oregonstate "dot" edu
Dr. Kayla Cranston. I study and create tools to evaluate motivation for long-term engagement in environmental projects from a psychological perspective. I earned my doctorate degree in Conservation Psychology from Antioch University New England, my master of arts degree in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College, and my bachelor of science degree in Behavioral and Social Psychology from Arizona State University. I have shared my expertise in conservation psychology by teaching the topic to graduate and undergraduate students at Antioch University New England, Keene State College, and University of California in San Diego. I have facilitated and evaluated trainings to build capacity for conservation in Burundi, Tanzania, and the USA. I am a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Capacity Development Working Group on Evaluation and I have worked with organizations like the American Museum of Natural History, Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift, EcoLogic, and Tropical Biology Association to apply the psychology-based tools and strategies I have developed to strengthen and evaluate their international capacity building programs. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, yoga, cycling, cross country skiing, and wrangling horses with my friend on her ranch in Montana.
Kerrick Robinson grew up in Northern Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior where he developed an interest in freshwater ecosystems. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management, then worked for The Nature Conservancy and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service before making the decision to pursue a Masters. Kerrick is broadly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to fisheries conservation and will be exploring human dimensions of tribal fisheries. Specifically, his thesis is focused on determining the impacts of different levels of cultural socialization on socioeconomic values that Quinault Indian Nation members associate with fishery resources. Secondly, he will explore how those values impact member's preference of forest and fishery management strategies. Kerrick prefers road trips over flying and his favorite dessert is cherry pie.
Eric Wade is originally from Belize in Central America. He completed a BS in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2013. Before coming to OSU, Eric was employed as a Program Officer at Belize’s Department of Fisheries where he worked in marine protected areas management, community outreach and capacity building as well as project management under externally funded projects. Eric’s interests lie in better understanding the social dynamics of fisheries management in an effort to empower communities and strengthen fisheries policy and governance through the inclusion of social indicators. At OSU, Eric’s thesis will focus on furthering the understanding of Belize’s fisheries management framework by actively working with fishermen and community members to measure their knowledge of the framework using cognitive mapping. The results of the thesis are hope to inform fisheries policy legislation in Belize. During, his free time, Eric enjoys discovering new hiking trails and scuba diving.
Jackie Delie grew up in Seattle, Washington where she developed a passion for wildlife. Her undergraduate years abroad at Franklin University Switzerland and in Carins, Australia solidified her interest in interdisciplinary studies, merging wildlife ecology and community/ cultural values into conservation management. Internship positions with organizations such as Save the Elephants and The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program led her to pursue research that explorers the spatial overlap between people’s wildland-urban interface (WUI) values and the spatial distribution of black bears in the Pacific Northwest. By identifying which human values are most in conflict community-sensitive wildlife, management plans can be implemented and conflict-mitigation techniques can be applied. Jackie enjoys immersing herself in other cultures and would never turn down the opportunity to dance. Jackie’s research interests include integrating indigenous knowledge into wildlife management, analyzing strategies of protected areas, and studying human attitudes, values and behaviors towards wildlife.
Brittany King was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she developed an interest and love for marine science. She earned a BS from Hampton University in Marine and Environmental Science in 2009 and a MESM in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara in 2012. Before deciding to attend OSU, Brittany worked as a community organizer on social and environmental justice issues affecting disadvantaged communities throughout the SF Bay Area. Brittany’s primary research interests lie in diversity, equity and inclusion in marine and fisheries sciences. She is interested in exploring the barriers and opportunities for the inclusion and participation of African Americans, and communities of color. She is also interested in exploring ways to utilize informal science education and citizen science programs to reduce the communication gap between science, policy, and underrepresented communities. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys baking and crafting.