Works from TreeSearch to place WWETAC social science works in context

I looked over some publications from the research social scientist based in Seattle (Lee K. Cerveny, Phd in anthropology).

Her “featured work” led me to a collection of 38 items in TreeSearch with the keyword “Social Science Research”

I doubt the list is comprehensive, but the earliest item in this collection is from 1995.

Based on the titles, it looks like the Forest Service started to think about the importance of a social science perspective in the mid 90s (I’ll ask Lee about that).

My intuition is that from a marketing perspective, we must have a “hook” that gets land managers to buy in to the idea that social science is important / worth the time of day.

My fear is if the “hook” is not there to capture interest, few will bother to read any words you and I come up with describing WWETAC social science findings and applications.

I’m hopeful that some of these early works I found will have the “hook” we need. I’ll skim through them today to see if I can find the “hooks.”

Here are the works I pulled from the “Social Science Research” collection in Treesearch that looked potentially valuable for understanding the overall context of social science research for the Forest Service:

1995 Human dimensions in ecosystem management: a USDA Forest Service perspective

1995 Humans, forests, and global environmental change: planning a social science research agenda

1998 Demonstrating the value of a social science research program to a natural resource management agency

2002 Burning questions: a social science research plan for federal wildland fire management: report to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group

2003 Humans, Fires, and Forests – Social science applied to fire management

2004 Integrating Social Science into the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Social Dimensions of Ecological Change and Ecological Dimensions of Social Change

2005 Developing an agenda to guide forest social science, economics, and utilization research “It sets the context for the utilization, economics, and social sciences research and development activities in the Forest Service.”

2007 Using social science to understand and improve wildland fire organizations: an annotated reading list

These later publications might provide a useful benchmark for comparison of early social science goals and later outcomes:

2015 Social science findings in the United States

2016 The evolution of wilderness social science and future research to protect experiences, resources, and societal benefits

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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