I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University working in close collaboration with the State of Washington’s Puget Sound Partnership in Tacoma, Washington. You can read more about this work here:

Dr. Kelly Biedenweg’s OSU Lab: 

Puget Sound Partnership: 

Through my current role, I am working on multiple projects, including, but not limited to:

  • integrating social science (human dimensions and wellbeing) into ecosystem restoration at local (city/county) and regional (state) planning scales in Puget Sound;
  • (meta-)examining social science integration into ecosystem restoration in Puget Sound (as outlined above);
  • assessing sense of place among Estonian Russian-speakers in Narva, Estonia (builds upon doctoral work);
  • understanding the relationship between shorelines and shoreline armoring (infrastructure) and sense of place among Puget Sound communities; and
  • assessing the geographic literacy and place name meaning among British Columbia and Washington residents with an emphasis on the Salish Sea (toponym).

As some of the above projects wrap-up (2021), I am starting to develop new projects in collaboration with new community partners focused on: (1) the relationship between sense of place and dams (infrastructure) in Washington; (2) how official (US) state species (terrestrial wildlife) reflect local place meanings and wildlife attitudes; and (3) nature-based integration (NBI) / place-based integration (PBI) among immigrant communities in Estonia and US. The latter project seeks to take DEI research and integration within environmental fields beyond (e.g., what is DEI, how can we include DEI within internal/external processes, etc.) current trends or foci. The latter project also seeks to expand upon this relatively new and limited notion (NBI) in both theory and application, including through the development of an NBI program in Portland, Oregon.

I also occasionally teach courses in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, including Human Dimensions of Fisheries & Wildlife (FW 439) and Environmental Decisions (FW 560). I have also been a co-instructor on a graduate student co-designed international field course to Panama (Sense of Place in Bocas del Toro, Panama, FW 599).