Research Philosophy

crab_nielsI love science, and I love science that solves problems even more.  My research is predicated on the belief that human quality of life emerges in a dialectic with the environments we inhabit, and that protecting and restoring those environments is one of our greatest opportunities.  All of my research fits under the broad umbrella of understanding the drivers of environmental behavior, but there are distinct strands focusing on environmental education among adults and children, redirecting the environmental impacts of housing and urban development, and addressing environmental crime.  In all these arenas, I am keenly interested in identifying ways to promote stronger relationships between humans and nature.