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Great Smoky Mountains NP, NC

Welcome to the Larson Lab, a hub for “human dimensions” research! We are a conservation social science research group that explores connections between people and nature by focusing on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The Lab is directed by Dr. Lincoln Larson and housed within the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University.

All of our research, teaching, and outreach efforts are designed to promote sustainable human-environment interactions and foster healthy relationships between people, parks, and nature. Our team uses social science research methods to seek interdisciplinary solutions to natural resource management challenges. We focus on questions that relate to three broad themes:

Our lab and affiliates represent a diverse group that hails from a variety of academic and geographical backgrounds. In addition to our core team (Dr. Larson and his current students), we regularly work with many other faculty collaborators and research partners. We are always looking for new contributors as well! Please use this site to learn more about our work and ways to connect with the Lab and our various projects.