Land use changes, farm management practices, water pollution, climate change, and other human activities all threaten our natural resources here in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The Natural Resources Social Science Lab (NRSS) that I lead at Purdue studies how human interactions with the environment impact natural resources. Our lab’s research, teaching, and engagement focus primarily on how to best motivate farmers, stakeholders, and citizens of all kinds to participate in more environmentally friendly behaviors and practices.

The NRSS lab supports Purdue’s commitment to diversity and welcomes individuals of all ages, backgrounds, citizenships, disability, sex, education, ethnicities, family statuses, genders, gender identities, geographical locations, languages, military experience, political views, races, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and work experiences.  Several members of the lab (including me) have completed Safe Zone training.

I also Direct the Indiana Water Resources Research Center and you can learn more about that work here.

Almost missed this! I greatly appreciate my current postdocs, @Pranay_Ranjan & @RuxPopovici, and all my former postdocs, @SPCplanning @jscarlton @julrichschad @junyuluclimate @Aritree_Sam @cbwardropper & others not on Twitter. They've all made my work better and more enjoyable!

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Happy Postdoc Appreciation Week 2

Today I sat in 4 hours of zoom office hours (2 were mine, 2 were for @NresPurdue) No one came and talked to me but I finished a proposal draft, edited a paper, dealt with bureaucratic paperwork, & quasi-cleaned my desk. I'll call that a win and go walk the dog before pm meetings!

Are you a social scientist interested in conservation on ag lands in the Midwest US? Do you have knowledge/experience with Midwest ag? Do you have quant skills? Are you looking for a postdoc position? Send me a DM.

From the archives: Research Shows Social Networks Play an Integral Part in Conservation Practice Adoption

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