Current Projects

The study of human behavior and its impact on natural systems is critical in developing management and policy strategies for minimizing effects on ecosystem services, public health, and the native ecology. The lab is in Indiana University’s School of Public Health and is focused on understanding facilitators and barriers to the engagement in sustainable and pro-environmental behaviors. Topics under study broadly include community food systems and natural resource sustainability.  Current projects underway include:

Land Transfer to Promote and Perpetuate Sustainable Agriculture in the Midwest

Project Team: Julia Valliant, James Farmer, Mary Fund, Kathy Ruhf, and Maria Marshall.

Institutional Partners: Indiana University: Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies & Ostrom Workshop, Kansas Rural Center, Land for good, and Purdue University

Funder: United States Department of Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education: North Central Region.

Strengthening Indiana Christmas Tree Farms and Growers: A Framework for the Future

Project Team: Analena Bruce, James Farmer, and Lance Sambol

Institutional Partners: Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association

Funder: Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Evaluating the Promise and Potential Impacts of R3 Efforts Targeting College Students

Project Team: PI- Lincoln Larson (NC State Univ.); Nils Peterson & Kangjae Lee, NC State Univ.; Deet James, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Shari Rodriguez, Clemson Univ.; Billy Downer, SC Dept. of Natural Resources; Kris Irwin, Univ. of Georgia; Walter Lane, GA Dept. of Natural Resources; Matt Springer, Univ. of Kentucky, Becky Wallen, KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife; James Farmer, Indiana Univ.; Jack Basiger, IN Dept. of Natural Resources; Shawn Riley, Michigan State Univ.; Jordan Burroughs, MI Dept. of Natural Resources; Jeremy Bruskotter, Ohio State Univ,; Eric Postell, OH Dept. of Natural Resources; Tim Van Deelen, Univ. of Wisconsin; Keith Warnke, WI Dept. of Natural Resources; Richard Stedman, Cornell Univ,; Chuck Dente, NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Alan Graefe, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Coren Jagnow, PA Game Commission; Jerry Vaske, Colorado State Univ.; Michael Quartuch, CO Dept. of Parks and Wildlife; Ryan Sharp & Adam Ahlers, Kansas State Univ.; Aaron Austin, KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Elizabeth Metcalf, Univ. of Montana; Thomas Baumeister, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Funder: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Specialty Crops and High Tunnels: Evaluating Success & Building Future Capacity

Project Team: Analena Bruce, James Farmer, and Liz Maynard

Institutional Partners: Indiana University, Purdue University, and NRCS

Funder: Indiana State Department of Agriculture & US Department of Agriculture

Understanding Organic Transition Amongst Indiana Grain Farmers

Project Team: Analena Bruce, James Farmer, Tamara Benjamin, Michael O'Donnell, and Ariana Torres

Funder: USDA North Centrla Region - SARE