Dr. Mark Brunson is both a social scientist and a rangeland scientist who is frequently asked to speak to professional and academic audiences about human-environment interactions. In addition to the research topics described in the summary description, he has been actively working with support from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) to define principles and practices for “translational ecology” – research and outreach directed toward citizen understanding and/or changes in policy and management, designed to link non-scientists and ecologists to promote mutual learning. He earned an MS in Recreation Resources and PhD in Forestry, both from Oregon State, and has been at Utah State University since 1992. Prior to graduate studies he spent nine years as a journalist writing primarily about science and environmental topics. A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, he has twice served for a year as worship leader when his congregation was without a pastor.
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