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.
- Scale-dependence of environmental and socioeconomic drivers of albizia invasion in Hawaii Landscape and Urban Planning 2018; 169: 70-80
- Civic and natural place attachment as correlates of resident invasive species control behavior in Hawaii Biological Conservation 2017; 209: 415-422
Landowners’ Perspectives on Coordinated, Landscape-Level Invasive Species Control: The Role of Social and Ecological Context
2017; 59 (3): 477-489
View details for DOI 10.1007/s00267-016-0807-y
- Trade-offs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: timber, carbon, and albedo ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS 2016; 26 (1): 146-161
- Motivating residents to combat invasive species on private lands: social norms and community reciprocity ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY 2016; 21 (2)
- Landholder participation in regional-scale control of invasive predators: an adaptable landscape model Biological Invasions 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 2014; 54 (4): 875-887