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Michael Patterson

Associate Dean

Department: W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

University System: University of Montana - Missoula


Professional Summary:

Since obtaining my Ph.D. I have sought to establish a research program centered around 3 inter-related themes: (1) human experiences with wildlife and wildland resources, (2) social constructions, meanings, and values that these experiences reflect and create, and (3) social conflict that occurs as a consequence of differences in social constructions and meanings. My work in this area has centered around 3 domains of research: wildland recreation, human dimensions of wildlife, and the role of social science in the emerging collaborative approaches to resource management.

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