About Rebecca

Becky's research and teaching focuses on understanding and promoting community engagement in conservation efforts. Becky applies mixed methods, including surveys, interviews, and field experiments, to examine the factors driving community conservation action and the impact of community actions on conservation outcomes. Becky is passionate about working collaboratively with conservation practitioners in both her research and teaching; she has taught service learning courses on topics ranging from open space management to conservation psychology.

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  • Investigating the impacts of outreach and messaging on changing attitudes and behaviors regarding conservation issues
  • Understanding the drivers of community collective action to enhance habitat and reduce invasive species in urban and suburban landscapes
  • Investigating the human dimensions of reintroduction of keystone species to Colorado
  • Investigating best practices for enhancing volunteer recruitment and retention in wilderness stewardship organizations throughout the US


PhD, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources - Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 2018

BA, Ecology and Environmental Studies - Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH, 2013