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Jason Gordon

Assistant Professor of Community Forestry

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Building 4, Room 436
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 works 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. 


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 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.