Area(s) of Expertise
Dr. Larson uses a variety of social science methods to understand human-environment interactions and address natural resource management and conservation issues. His human dimensions research questions and projects focus on three broad themes (natural resource management and conservation, outdoor recreation and health, and environmental education and stewardship) that are designed to help scientists, land managers, and the general public understand, communicate, and collaboratively respond to emerging challenges facing parks and protected areas. Dr. Larson’s recent work has focused on many different topics including parks and protected area management, nature-based recreation and health, community-based conservation, human-wildlife conflict, and environmental education. He is particularly interested in the factors influencing individual and community capacity to adapt to environmental change.