Shorna B. Allred's research program blends human factors and natural sciences to improve resource management and conservation. The goal of her research program is to develop a fundamental understanding of human behavior for the purposes of improving resource conservation and management. An understanding of human social, political, and psychological processes will enhance our ability to conserve and manage our natural resources and encourage an open and informed exchange of ideas.
The goal of Professor Allred’s research program is to develop an understanding of the conservation behavior of landowners and other key decision-makers and the relationship of conservation behavior to environmental outcomes. She also wants to understand how private forestry policy tools and educational interventions influence the conservation behavior of landowners and other key decision-makers to achieve positive environmental outcomes. The inter-related objectives of her research program are to: (1) understand landowners’ and other decision-makers’ conservation behavior, particularly the psychology of decision-making, (2) identify and investigate innovative policy alternatives and program interventions that positively influence the conservation behavior of landowners and decision-makers, and (3) improve social science survey research methods used in human dimensions of natural resources investigations.
Outreach and Extension Focus
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is a reference to the social dimensions that are inherent in the use, conservation, and enhancement of use natural resources natural resource management. Today’s natural resource managers are increasingly recognizing that natural resource management involves not only ecological processes, but also social processes and consequences as well. The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Integrated Research and Extension Program encompasses the social psychology of conservation related decisions and behavior, community-based management of natural resources, and the role of groups and institutions in resource conservation and use. In a very basic sense, Human Dimensions research examines how the “science of human systems” or social science can aid in natural resource management. Applying the insight from such inquiry to policy, management practice, stakeholder engagement, and extension education and outreach, and evaluating such applications, is also part of an integrated approach to a Human Dimensions program contributing to the Land Grant mission at Cornell.
Awards and Honors
- Early Career Leadership Award (2015) Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP)
- New England Cottontail Conservation Award (2015) Dept. of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Silver Award for Educational Materials (2015) Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
- Family Forests Education Award (2013) National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA) and National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAURFP)