Human Dimensions of Natural Resources – a reference to the social attitudes, processes, and behaviors related to how we maintain, protect, enhance, and use our natural resources. Today’s natural resource managers are increasingly recognizing that natural resource management involves not only ecological processes, but also social processes and consequences as well. In a very basic sense, Human Dimensions examines how the “science of human systems” or theory-based social science can aid in natural resource management.
Human Dimensions Research Unit – faculty and staff are part of the Resource Policy and Human Dimensions program in the Department of Natural Resources. Our graduate faculty have membership in the Field of Natural Resources, including the Resource Policy and Management, Wildlife Science, and Fishery Science concentrations. Human Dimensions Research Unit also contributes to the Extension and teaching functions of the Department of Natural Resources.