Yung, Laurie

Associate Professor
Society and Conservation
The University of Montana - Missoula
Professional Summary: 

My teaching and research focus on the social and political aspects of conservation, with an emphasis on rural communities and public lands in the Northern Rockies. I serve as the Director of the Resource Conservation Program and as Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science in the Department of Society and Conservation. I teach NRSM 121S, Nature of Montana, NRSM 370S, Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance, and NRSM 570, Political Ecology. My research examines the ways in which landowners, rural communities, and land management institutions navigate political and ecological change.

My current research projects include:

  • Working Ranchers, Conservation, and Drought Adaptation (funded by the U.S. Geologic Survey)
  • Forest Community Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in the Context of Climate Change (funded by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station)
  • The Ethics of Geoengineering in Response to Climate Change (funded by the National Science Foundation)
  • Private Landowners and Weed Control Across Large Landscapes (funded by the Missoula County Weed District)
  • Volunteer Monitoring, Citizen Science, and Community Involvement in Public Lands


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