PORTLAND, Ore. January 7, 2010. Research
social scientist Lee Cerveny possesses two highly prized skills:
the ability to translate scientific jargon for a lay public, and
the ability to show that public the relevancy of the science to
their daily life. Because of those skills and more, Cerveny will
be presented the 2009 Research and Development Deputy Chief’s
Early Career Scientist award during ceremonies January 27, 2010,
in Washington, D.C. The award comes with a $5,000 grant for future
Cerveny, who is based at the U.S. Forest Service’s
Pacific Northwest Research Station, contributed the first comprehensive
investigation of the social and cultural impacts of tourism in
southeast Alaska. She captured, in her research, the effects of
a sharp increase in cruise ship travel and the resulting explosion
in nature-based tourism in the area.
I am very pleased and honored to receive this award acknowledging
my contributions as well as the efforts of my amazing collaborators,” said
Cerveny. “My receiving this award is a testimony to the agency's
ongoing support for social science research and the value of focusing
on human dimensions issues that public land managers face."
creative line of research, which began in 1999, culminated in three
reports published between 2004 and 2007 documenting
her findings. She then wrote a text book, Nature and Tourists
in the Last Frontier: Local Encounters With Global Tourism in Coastal
Alaska, based on her research findings. The book is currently
in graduate schools and Cerveny continues to be invited to lecture
about her work at conferences in the United States and abroad.
As budgets shrink inside the Forest Service, partnerships have
increased. In response, Cerveny examined the agency’s increasing
reliance on recreation partnerships and volunteer organizations.
She discovered that there are more than 35 types of partnerships
within the Forest Service. She is currently working to determine
which conditions are most conducive to this reliance.
her work integrates social science into management processes, Cerveny
has helped the Forest Service adapt to social and economic
change. As a result, she is in high demand as a research collaborator
inside and outside of the agency. Cerveny is currently collaborating
with four universities, two national forests, two research station
teams, and one nonprofit organization on two of her recent studies.
[Her] work has substantially elevated the understanding of the
human dimensions of natural resource management at a time when
public involvement has made it increasingly important to respond
to the needs and concerns of diverse groups of people,” said
Ann Bartuska, Deputy Chief for Research and Development, U.S.
As a recipient of the early career scientist
award, Cerveny is
now an automatic nominee for the 2010 Presidential Early Career
Awards for Scientists and Engineers competition. These awards,
established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by
the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive
of the President. Winning scientists and engineers receive
a research grant of up to $125,000, over 5 years to further their
support of critical government missions.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station is headquartered in
Portland, Oregon. It has 11 laboratories and centers in Alaska,