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Jason Gordon

Assistant Professor of Community Forestry

Contact Information

Contact Jason Gordon


Campus address

Building 4, Room 436
Lab Location:
Ph.D., Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environment, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Forest Resources, University of Georgia


Research Areas Detail:

My work draws from the disciplinary foundations of natural resource and rural sociology. I apply natural resource sociology to study social impacts of natural resource utilization; social and structural change at the urban-rural interface; public attitudes and behaviors regarding urban growth and development; environmental risk perceptions. Theory and methods of rural sociology allow me to examine processes of community identification and participation; local mobilization and community development; macro-structural linkages and local community change. My work is broadly defined as human dimensions of natural resources with an applied focus on issues emerging across the urban to exurban gradient. 

Recent Citations:

Zhang, X., Sun, C., Gordon, J.S., Munn, I. In Press. Antidumping Duty Investigations and Decisions in the Global Forest Products Industry. Forest Science.

Zhang, X., Sun, C., Gordon, J.S., Munn, I. 2020. Determinants of temporary trade barriers in global forest products industry. Sustainability 12(9):3839-3852.

Gordon, J.S., Willis, J., Grala, R. 2020. Public and forest landowner attitudes towards longleaf pine ecosystem restoration using prescribed fire. Canadian J. Forestry Research (50)9

Gordon JS, Measells M, Willis J, Self A. Comparing social media and postal mailings in forestry extension program marketing. J Human Sciences and Extension, 8(1):206-213.

Nichols A, Chase L, Gordon JS, Rashash D. The value of jointly held conferences: benefits and considerations for planners and participants. J Human Sciences and Extension, 8(1): 66-87.

Gordon JS, Measells M, Willis J, Self A. Experiences from a forestry extension long-term impact evaluation. J Human Sciences and Extension. 8(2): 

Willis, J. L., Gordon, J. S., Tanger, S., Blazier, M. A., Self, A. B., & Brodbeck, A. (2019). Managing mixed stands: reassessing a forgotten stand type in the Southeastern United States. Forests, 10(9), 16 pages. doi:10.3390/f10090751

Kushla, J., Londo, A., Dicke, S., Meeker, J., Henderson, J., & Gordon, J. (2019). Economic impact of a large-scale, collaborative forest health project: a model for making a difference (#3FEA). Journal of Extension, 57, 10 pages

Dahal, R. P. (former advisee), Grala, R. K., Gordon, J. S., Munn, I. A., Petrolia, D. R., & Cummings, J. R. (2019). A hedonic pricing method to estimate the value of waterfronts in the Gulf of Mexico. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 41, 185-194. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2019.04.004

Henderson, J., & Gordon, J. (2019). Extreme weather events and risk management options for family forests. Journal of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents, 12(1), 11 pages

Godar Chhetri, S. (former advisee), Gordon, J., Munn, I., & Henderson, J. (2019). Comparison of the timber management expenses of non-industrial private forest landowners in Mississippi, United States: Results from 1995–1997 and 2015. Environments, 6(9), 107. doi:10.3390/environments6090107

Teaching, Outreach & Service


My teaching concerns urban and community natural resources management. It combines the disciplinary foundations in natural resource/rural sociology as well as forestry and arboriculture to teach about natural resource management at the community level in terms of planning, risk mitigation, and capacity building in urban and exurban places. My regular courses include Society and Natural Resources, Community Forest Management, Community Forestry and Arboriculture Internship, Community Forestry and Arboriculture Summer Field Course, and Senior Project. 

Current Graduate Students

    Baker Owens - Research: TBD

    Alexis Martin - biochar for urban trees (co-advise with Rebecca Abney) 

    Mark Kroeze (co-adviser with Mississippi State University) - Research: applying silver nanoparticles to treat oak wilt mortality 


Courses Regularly Taught:

My outreach reflects my research and classroom teaching responsibilities. Specifically topics include: tree risk assessment and management, pruning, selection, benefits mapping, photovisualization, management planning, ordinances and governance, urban ecology, trees in construction zones, shade tree casualty loss, tree health care, and more.


Society of American Foresters 

International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter