Understanding the Human Dimension of River Restoration: Evidence from the Clark Fork River, MT

Wed, Nov 7, 12:00 pm
126 Barnard Hall
Speaker Name: 
Dr. Libby Metcalf
University of Montana
W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Dr. Libby Metcalf is an Associate Professor of Recreation & Natural Resource Management in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana.  In 2011, Dr. Metcalf received a dual Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management and the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment.  Her research interests generally center around recreation management issues, wildlife-related issues, and understanding complex social-ecological systems.  Dr. Metcalf’s theoretical approach is based in social-psychology and often includes the examination of attitudes, values, and beliefs.  Dr. Metcalf has worked on statewide studies examining outdoor recreation, hunter recruitment and retention issues, and river management.  Her more recent work has focused on larger social-ecological systems such as the social dimensions of river restoration and wildlife management.  Dr. Metcalf utilizes structural equation modeling in social data analysis and has been working with other researchers to develop models to couple human and natural systems.  Along with her research, Dr. Metcalf is a dedicated teacher where she provides field-based opportunities for her undergraduate students including field trips and internships.  At the graduate level, Dr. Metcalf offers seminar-style courses and close mentoring for her advisees. 


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