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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Lee Cerveny

Research Social Scientist
United States

Phone: 206-732-7832
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Research Interests

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.

Past Research

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, Anthropology , 2004
  • Northern Arizona University, Anthropology , 1993
  • Dartmouth College, 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

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Research Highlights


Interactive Mapping Project Advances All Lands Conservation

Mapping human connections both on and off the forest helps land managers better anticipate how changes to access in other jurisdictions may affe ...


Last updated on : 07/30/2015