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  • I am a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Over the past several years I have evolved my research program into one that is both applied and interdisciplinary. One line of research that I’m particularly proud of involves soundscape management within national parks. This research agenda began in 2014 with an experimentally designed lab based study that examined the influence of natural sounds on human health and wellbeing. This line continued with a field based study of climbers’ perceptions of soundscapes on the Grand Teton. I was awarded the Boyd Evison Fellowship, as well as, a grant from the University of Wyoming/NPS Research Station to pursue this research. Evidence from this line of research has been conveyed in technical reports, research presentations, and a referred journal article.

    My teaching, broadly speaking, focuses on experiential learning and human dimensions of natural resources, with additional expertise in nonprofit organizations, grantsmanship, research design, and law. My approach to teaching emphasizes using hands on learning experiences that are applied, to teach students content and skills which translate into their professional careers.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 Acoustic environments matter: Synergistic benefits to humans and ecological communities.Advances in Environmental Research Journal of Environmental Management Advances in Environmental Research.  203:245-254. 2017
    2016 The Influence of Natural Sounds on Attention RestorationJournal of Park and Recreation Administration.  34. 2016
    The Influence of Political Orientation on Recreationists’ Support and Opposition for Shale Natural Gas Energy Development in Pennsylvania State Forests (*Journal Article Under Review*)Energy Research and Social Science

    Teaching Activities

  • Law&Public Policy Leisure Svcs Taught course 2019
  • Program and Event Marketing Taught course 2019
  • Rec Mgt & Policy Practicum Taught course 2019
  • Grantsmanship, Eval & Research Taught course 2018
  • Law&Public Policy Leisure Svcs Taught course 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. Recreation, Park & Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University
  • Full Name

  • Lauren Ferguson