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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Monika Derrien

Monika Derrien

Research Social Scientist
400 N 34th St., Suite 201
United States

Phone: 206-732-7824
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Current Research

I am interested in the human dimensions of natural resource management, especially related to (a) how the social, cultural, and health benefits gained from outdoor experiences can be better understood and promoted by land managers, and incorporated into planning processes and frameworks; (b) the relationships between communities undergoing recreation-oriented tourism development and adjacent public lands; and (c) the ways socioeconomically, ethnically, and racially diverse populations relate to and engage with nature, from urban parks to remote wilderness areas.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable recreation and tourism
  • Cultural ecosystem services
  • Human-nature connections
  • Urban greenspaces
  • Rural community development
  • Public health benefits of outdoor recreation and public lands
  • Environmental communication and interpretation

Past Research

In the past, I've conducted research to help increase our understanding of human-environment relationships. I've conducted research that analyzes the community-level effects of second home development in rural areas and park-community initiatives to reduce light pollution and promote night sky tourism. At a larger scale, I've contributed to research that supports statewide outdoor recreation planning. I've also studied the discursive aspects of environmental interpretation and the development of sense of place among immigrant populations.


  • University of Vermont, Ph.D. Natural Resources 2015
  • University of Vermont, M.S. Natural Resources 2012
  • Cornell University, B.A. History 2008


Last updated on : 11/17/2020