environmental sociology

Researchers collaborate to incorporate humans’ role in ecosystems

What comes to mind when you visualize an ecosystem: Trees? Birds? Rivers? Fish? Most who take part in this exercise can rapidly visualize Mother Nature but often forget one critically important component: people.

Humans play a major role in ecosystem science, affecting everything from land use changes to wildife. Often, the role of people is at least as important--and complex--as the natural components and processes.

Richards, Rebecca

Department of Sociology
The University of Montana - Missoula

I teach courses in environmental sociology, the sociology of disasters, and rural sociology. My research has focused on environmental and rural issues in the American West including native plant policy versus practice, cyanide gold mining and community impacts, electric deregulation and regional impacts, non-timber forest product harvesting and socioeconomic change and well-being, and, most recently, transboundary community change in the Northern Rockies since 9/11.


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