Research Social Scientist
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Human Ecology Mapping Project. This project was developed in collaboration with the Olympic National Forest. Our goal was to explore how participatory mapping tools could be used to gather information from the public about human-forest interactions on the landscape scale. We hope to create a protocol that could be used by land and resource managers to gather information useful in forest planning and assessment processes. Research Partner: Institute for Culture & Ecology
Forest Service Partnerships. This research on Forest Service partnerships was developed in consultation with the National Partnership Office, Washington, DC. This multi-phased study seeks to identify the types of partners working with the US Forest Service, the diversity of work in which partners are engaged, the structure and function of partnerships, motivations to partner, and the benefits and challenges associated with partnerships. The study is currently in its third phase, a national survey of 13 national forests. Research Partner: Southern Illinois University
Residential Location Decisions at the Urban-Wildland Interface. This project focuses on understanding the role of nature and public lands in shaping the values and residential choices of residents at the outer ring of King County (Seattle). Specifically, we seek to understand the factors that influence people to live in and move to suburban and exurban communities, the role of nature and public lands in their daily decisions, and the diversity of environmental values, attitudes, and behaviors held by suburban and exurban residents. Research Partner: Oregon State University
Science, Planning and Decision-making in the Forest Service. We have conducted several studies that explore aspects of natural resource planning and decision-making. One study examined the role of values in resource planning and decision-making for riparian recreation. Another study investigated the interactions between scientists and managers and the role of scientific information in recreation decision-making. A third study explored implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the use of scientific tools and interdisciplinary teams for NEPA projects in recreation and travel management. Research Partners: University of Washington and Virginia Tech University.
Tourism and Community Change. Tourism is an industry that often sprouts in rural regions rich in natural and cultural resources. Tourism provides seasonal employment and also has the capacity to alter resident relationships with their communities and the environment. In 2000-2004, I conducted research on tourism in Southeast Alaska which is host to cruise ships, charter fishing guests, and adventure travelers. This resulted in several published technical reports, manuscripts, and a book, Nature and Tourists in the Last Frontier (2008). Tourism remains a research interest, although no current studies are underway.
- Syracuse University, Ph.D. Anthropology, 2004
- Northern Arizona University, MA Anthropology, 1993
- Dartmouth College, BA History, 1987
Awards & Recognition
- Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), 2010
Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Science and Technology
Featured Publications & Products
- Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Conceptualization of interactions between partners and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Stern, Mac J.; Blahna, Dale J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Mortimer, Michael J. 2009. Visions of success and achievement in recreation-related USDA Forest Service NEPA processes.
- Cerveny, Lee K.; Ryan, Clare M. 2008. Agency capacity for recreation science and management: the case of the U.S. Forest Service..
- Cerveny, Lee K. 2007. Sociocultural effects of tourism in Hoonah, Alaska..
- Cerveny, Lee K. 2005. Tourism and its effects on southeast Alaska communities and resources: case studies from Haines, Craig, and Hoonah, Alaska..
Publications & Products
- Tilt, Jenna H.; Cerveny, Lee. 2013. Master-planned in exurbia: examining the drivers and impacts of master-planned communities at the urban fringe.
- McCreary, Allie E.; Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee. 2012. Recreation partnerships on national forests: The influences of institutional commitment and urban proximity on agency capacity.
- Trusty, Teressa; Cerveny, Lee K. 2012. The role of discretion in recreation decision-making by resource professionals in the USDA Forest Service.
- Mortimer, Michael J.; Stern, Marc J.; Malmsheimer, Robert W.; Blahna, Dale J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Seesholtz, David N. 2011. Environmental and social risks: defensive National Environmental Policy Act in the US Forest Service.
- Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Stern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael J.; Freeman, James W. 2011. Forest Service interdisciplinary teams: size, composition, and leader characteristics.
- Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee K.; McCreary, Allie. 2011. Institutional, individual, and socio-cultural domains of partnerships: a typology of USDA Forest Service recreation partners.
- Freeman, James W.; Stern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael; Blahna, Dale J.; Cerveny, Lee K. 2011. Interdisciplinary collaboration within project-level NEPA teams in the US Forest Service.
- Cerveny, Lee K.; Blahna, Dale J.; Stern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael J.; Predmore, S. Andrew; Freeman, James. 2011. The use of recreation planning tools in U.S. Forest Service NEPA assessments.
- Charnley, Susan; Cerveny, Lee K. 2011. US Forest Service experimental forests and ranges: an untapped resource for social science.
- Seekamp, Erin; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Examining USDA Forest Service recreation partnerships: institutional and relational interactions.
- Ryan, Clare M.; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Science exchange in an era of diminished capacity: recreation management in the U.S. Forest Service.
- Cerveny, Lee K. 2004. Preliminary research findings from a study of the sociocultural effects of tourism in Haines, Alaska..