Human Dimensions

Human dimensions of food, agriculture and natural resources

Problems related to agriculture and natural resources are primarily human behavioral programs. Thus, changing environmental conditions is fundamentally about changing human behavior.

As human populations continue to grow, so will demand for limited agricultural output and natural resources. A fundamental understanding of human behavior related to resource availability and use is critical for applied management and policy development. Appropriate management and policies will require that we identify the threats that human decision making puts on agricultural and natural resource systems and also to identify and test various solutions that help society overcome these challenges.

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  • Kyle McCarthy
    Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology

  • Kent Messer
    S. Hallock du Pont Professor
    Director of the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics