I study the human dimensions of biodiversity conservation. I apply mixed methods, including surveys, interviews, spatial analysis, and field experiments, to examine the drivers of conservation behavior and the impact of socioeconomic factors and social science interventions on conservation outcomes. Recently, my work has focused on understanding the emergence of resident collective action to combat invasive species on private lands in Hawaii and New Zealand.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Becky is interested in the human dimensions of biodiversity conservation and invasive species management. Her dissertation research focuses on how to motivate diverse private landowners to engage in invasive species control efforts to achieve landscape-scale conservation benefits.

All Publications

  • Scale-dependence of environmental and socioeconomic drivers of albizia invasion in Hawaii Landscape and Urban Planning Niemiec, R. M., Asner, G., Brodrick, P., Gaertner, J., Ardoin, N. 2018; 169: 70-80
  • Civic and natural place attachment as correlates of resident invasive species control behavior in Hawaii Biological Conservation Niemiec, R. M., Ardoin, N., Wharton, C., Brewer, F. 2017; 209: 415-422
  • Landowners’ Perspectives on Coordinated, Landscape-Level Invasive Species Control: The Role of Social and Ecological Context Environmental Management Niemiec, R. M., et al 2017; 59 (3): 477-489
  • Trade-offs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: timber, carbon, and albedo ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS Lutz, D. A., Burakowski, E. A., Murphy, M. B., Borsuk, M. E., Niemiec, R. M., Howarth, R. B. 2016; 26 (1): 146-161

    View details for DOI 10.1890/14-2207

    View details for Web of Science ID 000369511000013

  • Motivating residents to combat invasive species on private lands: social norms and community reciprocity ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY Niemiec, R. M., Ardoin, N. M., Wharton, C. B., Asner, G. P. 2016; 21 (2)
  • Landholder participation in regional-scale control of invasive predators: an adaptable landscape model Biological Invasions Glen, A., Latham, M., Anderson, D., Leckie, C., Niemiec, R., Pech, R., Byrom, A. E. 2016: 1-10
  • Incorporating Carbon Storage into the Optimal Management of Forest Insect Pests: A Case Study of the Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus Frontalis Zimmerman) in the New Jersey Pinelands ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Niemiec, R. M., Lutz, D. A., Howarth, R. B. 2014; 54 (4): 875-887