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Faculty and Staff Profile

Lincoln Larson

Assistant Professor

Office: 298 Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 864-656-1244
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Natural Resources Recreation & Tourism
University of Georgia 2012

M.S. Forest Resources
University of Georgia 2008

B.S. Biology
Duke University 2003

 Courses Taught

PRTM 2700 – Introduction to Recreation Resource Management
PRTM 3200 – Recreation Policymaking
PRTM 8110 – Research Methods in PRTM
PRTM 8220 – Strategic Planning for Public and Non-profit Organizations


Dr. Larson uses a variety of social science methods to address natural resource management and conservation issues. His research questions and projects are designed to help scientists, land managers, and the general public understand, communicate, and collaboratively respond to emerging challenges facing parks and protected areas.

 Research Interests

Dr. Larson’s recent work has focused on a variety of topics including:
•Parks and protected area management
•Nature-based recreation, health, and well-being
•Human dimensions of natural resource management
•Human-wildlife interactions & conflict
•Ecotourism and sustainable development
•Environmental education and interpretation
For more information about Dr. Larson’s research, please visit:

Dr. Larson has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on many different research projects funded by over $750,000 from a variety of agencies and organizations, including:
•U.S.D.A. Forest Service
•U.S.D.A. National Institute of Food and Agriculture
•National Science Foundation
•South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
•New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
•Georgia Department of Natural Resources
•Georgia Department of Education
•University of Georgia
•Clemson University
•Boy Scouts of American National Foundation
•National Audubon Society
He has also conducted unfunded research focused on improving teaching and learning at multiple levels ranging from non-formal youth camps to college classrooms.

 Research Publications

Larson, L. R., Conway, A. L., Krafte, K. E., Hernandez, S. M., & Carroll, J. P. (2016). Community-based conservation as a potential source of conflict around a protected area in Sierra Leone. Environmental Conservation, 43(3): 242-252. doi: 10.1017/S0376892916000096

Larson, L. R, Jennings, V., & Cloutier, S. A. (2016). Public parks and wellbeing in urban areas of the United States. PLOS ONE, 11(4): e0153211. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153211

Skupien, G. M., Andrews, K. M., & Larson, L. R. (2016). Teaching tolerance? Effects of conservation education programs on acceptance capacity for the American alligator. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(3): 264-279. doi: 10.1080/10871209.2016.1147624

Camus, M., Hurt, N. E,, Larson, L. R., & Prevost, L. (2016). Facebook as an online teaching tool: Effects on student participation, learning, and overall course performance. College Teaching, 64(2): 84-94. doi: 10.1080/87567555.2015.1099093

Jennings, V. L., Larson, C. K., & Larson, L. R. (2016). Ecosystem services and preventive medicine: a natural connection. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50(5): 642-645. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.11.001

Jennings, V., Larson, L., & Yun, J. (2016). Advancing sustainability through urban green space: cultural ecosystem services, equity, and social determinants of health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13: 196. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13020196

Larson, L. R., Cooper, C. B., & Hauber, M. E. (2016). Emotions as drivers of wildlife stewardship behavior: Examining citizen science nest monitors’ responses to invasive house sparrows. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(1): 18-33. doi: 10.1080/10871209.2015.1086933

Conway, A., Hernandez, S., Carroll, J., Green, G., & Larson, L. (2015). Local awareness of and attitudes toward pygmy hippopotamus conservation in the Moa River Island Complex, Sierra Leone. Oryx, 49(3): 550-558. doi: 10.1017/S003060531300077X

Larson, L. R., Stedman, R. C., Cooper, C., & Decker, D. J. (2015). Understanding the dimensions of pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 43: 112-124. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.06.004

Flowers, A. E., Carroll, J. P., Green, G. T., & Larson, L. R. (2015). Using art to assess environmental education outcomes. Environmental Education Research, 21(6): 846-864. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2014.959473

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (2015). Physical activity of youth in non-urban parks: an observation-based assessment. Leisure/Loisir, 38(3-4): 225-232. doi: 10.1080/14927713.2015.1042212

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (2015). Contributions of non-urban state parks to youth physical activity: a case study in northern Georgia. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(2), 20-36.

Cooper, C., Larson, L., Dayer, A., Stedman, R., & Decker, D. (2015). Are wildlife recreationists conservationists? Linking hunting, birdwatching, and pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Wildlife Management, 79(3), 446-457. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.855

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (2014). Physical activity levels and preferences of ethnically diverse visitors to Georgia state parks. Journal of Leisure Research, 46(5): 540-562.

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (2014). Physical activity locations in Georgia: Frequency of use by socio-demographic group. Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism, 5-6: 68-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2013.11.001

Larson, L. R., Decker, D. J., Stedman, R. C., Siemer, W. F., & Baumer, M. S. (2014). Exploring the social habitat for hunting: A comprehensive view of factors influencing hunter recruitment and retention. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(2): 105-122. doi: 10.1080/10871209.2014.850126

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (2014). Physical activity locations in Georgia: Frequency of use by socio-demographic group. Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism, 5-6, 68-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2013.11.001

Cloutier, S., Larson, L., Jambeck, J., & Scott, N. (2014). Are sustainable cities “happy” cities? Associations between sustainable development and human well-being in urban areas of the United States. Environment, Development & Sustainability, 16: 633-647. doi: 10.1007/s10668-013-9499-0

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., & Green, G. T. (2013). Youth outdoor recreation and state park use: Perceived benefits from the parent/guardian’s perspective. Children, Youth, and Environments, 23(3), 89-118. doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.23.3.0089

Larson, L. R., & Lovelace, M. D. (2013). Evaluating the efficacy of questioning strategies in lecture-based classroom environments: Are we asking the right questions? Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 24(1), 105-122.

Larson, L. R., & Poudyal, N. C. (2012). Developing sustainable tourism through adaptive resource management: A case study of Machu Picchu, Peru. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20(7), 917-938. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2012.667217.

Whiting, J. W., Larson, L. R., & Green, G. T. (2012). Monitoring visitation in Georgia state parks using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC). Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 30(4), 21-37.

Sharp, R. L., Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., Tomek, S. (2012). Comparing interpretive methods targeting invasive species management at Cumberland Island National Seashore. Journal of Interpretation Research, 17(2), 23-43.

Hurt, N., Moss, G., Camus, M., Bradley, C., Larson, L., Lovelace, M., Prevost, L., Riley, N., & Domizi, D. (2012). The ‘Facebook’ effect: An investigation of college students’ perspectives regarding online discussions in the age of social networking. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 6(2), 2-14.

Sharp, R. L., Larson, L. R., & Green, G. T. (2011). Factors influencing public preferences for invasive alien species management. Biological Conservation, 144(8), 2097-2104. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.04.032.

Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., & Cordell, H. K. (2011). Children’s time outdoors: Results and implications of the National Kids Survey. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 29(2), 1-20.

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., & Green, G. T. (2011). Exploring the influence of outdoor recreation participation on pro-environmental behavior in a demographically-diverse population. Local Environment, 16(1), 67-86. doi:10.1080/13549839.2010.548373

Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., & Castleberry, S. B. (2011). Construction and validation of an instrument to measure environmental orientations in a diverse group of children. Environment and Behavior, 43(1), 72-89. doi: 10.1177/0013916509345212.

Larson, L. R., Castleberry, S. B., & Green, G. T. (2010). Effects of an environmental education program on the environmental orientations of children from different gender, age, and ethnic groups. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 28(3), 95-113.


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