Adam C. Landon

Adam C. Landon
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources · Division of Fish and Wildlife

PhD
Environmental psychologist examining the human dimensions of fish, wildlife, and natural resource management.

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January 2011 - September 2015
Texas A&M University
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2011 - December 2012
Texas A&M University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • RENR 375: Conservation of Natural Resources
Education
August 2008 - December 2009
Nazareth College of Rochester
Field of study
  • Education
August 2004 - December 2007

Publications

Publications (68)
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Social identity theory offers a means to understand attitudes about wolves, with consequences for management support. Using data from a mail survey about wolves, we explored relationships among seven identities (i.e., wolf advocate, hunter, environmentalist, nature enthusiast, farmer, trapper, conservationist) using multidimensional scaling (MDS) a...
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We examined normative drivers of people’s perceptions of setting density within a natural setting along with their evaluation of the social condition encountered. The influence of respondents’ attachment to the setting on these associations was also explored. Our findings revealed that respondents’ preferences and expectations for encounters with o...
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This paper specifically outlines an investigation of the influence of sustainability education and study abroad coursework on levels of a key component of academic success, student engagement. A quasi-experimental design compared pretest and posttest levels of engagement (measured by the Deep Learning Scale) among undergraduate students enrolled in...
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As human environmental impacts have increased, so has the desirability of sustainable practices in multiple dimensions and at multiple scales. In this context, sustainability literacy has become a desirable outcome of higher education, driving the advance of sustainability as a core component of higher education institutions’ missions at local, reg...
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Understanding the relationships among social psychological drivers of pro-environmental behavior has been the focus of a long-standing body of research aimed at minimizing human impacts on the environment. Within public land management contexts, empirical evidence has suggested that place-based motivations and normative beliefs explain why people i...
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Our objective was to understand how social identity and values influenced general public and stakeholder trust in a state wildlife management agency (SWMA). In particular, we wanted to examine how stakeholder group, political ideology, and wildlife value orientation influenced trust in a SWMA. Data were derived from a study of state residents, hunt...
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Understanding social support for large carnivores’ recovery can guide policies governing human-predator interactions. We investigated the socio-psychological determinants of support for recovery of black bears, cougars, and gray wolves among residents of Illinois, USA. We contacted a random sample (n = 7,500) of Illinois residents using a repeat ma...
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The transactional model of stress and coping (TMSC) provides a conceptual framework for understanding adaptations to stressors like chronic wasting disease (CWD). Understanding hunter response to stressors is important because decreased participation and satisfaction can affect individual well-being, cultural traditions, agency revenue, and local e...
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In the U.S., population growth and domestic migration is placing increasing pressure on natural landscapes and their provision of ecosystem services. In this investigation, we document residents' perceptions of shifting use patterns of an aquatic nature-based resource situated in a rapidly growing urban area over an eight-year period from 2008 to 2...
Technical Report
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Results of survey assessing Minnesota deer hunters' and landowners' preferences for future deer populations to support deer population goal setting in the state.
Technical Report
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Results of survey assessing Minnesota deer hunters' and landowners' preferences for future deer populations to support deer population goal setting in the state.
Technical Report
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Results of survey assessing Minnesota deer hunters' and landowners' preferences for future deer populations to support deer population goal setting in the state.
Technical Report
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Results of survey assessing Minnesota deer hunters' and landowners' preferences for future deer populations to support deer population goal setting in the state.
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Managing wildlife in landscapes under private ownership requires partnership between landowners, resource users, and governing agencies. Agencies often call on landowners to voluntarily change their practices to achieve collective goals. Landowner support for management action is partially a function of normative beliefs about managing wildlife. Un...
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Conservation science and practice commonly draw on the theories and methods of social psychology to explain human cognition, emotion, and behavior germane to biodiversity conservation. We created a systematic map of the cross-disciplinary conservation science literature, which draws on social psychology concepts and methods in their application bro...
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Conservation psychology has a history of measuring variables that cannot be seen (e.g., values, attitudes , norms). Such latent variables are critical drivers of human action and are often measured using responses to survey questions. Tools for establishing the psychometric adequacy of unobservable, latent variables has been a century-long pursuit...
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Values are the fundamental reasons why people engage in conservation behaviors. Recent research has called for a more refined approach to studying values in a way that accounts for the concept of eudaimonia. However, the empirical properties for a eudaimonic value scale have not been tested given that previous investigations have remained at the th...
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Personal conservation behavior and compliance with natural resource regulations are important to wildlife conservation. We examined how waterfowl-hunting involvement, motivations, satisfaction, and experience , along with institutional trust and demographics, correlated with support for waterfowl regulations and personal conservation actions. Regul...
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Anglers have been one of the major supporters of aquatic conservation activities in the USA through the Dingle‐Johnson Act and other programs. Declining rates of participation in fishing have spurred significant efforts to Recruit, Retain, and Reengage anglers: also known as “R3”. To make R3 strategies more effective, it is important to explore the...
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Higher education institutions are tasked with education for sustainable development, of which the environment is a central pillar. Understanding the demographic factors that influence the establishment of environmental worldviews allows educators to better contextualize sustainability content and discussion. Identifying pedagogies capable of creati...
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Despite an influx of ecotourism research since the term was first coined, it is still not entirely clear why tourists choose ecotourism over other tourism experiences. While most of the previous literature assumes that ecotourism is preferred by travelers for moral reasons, emerging evidence suggests that opportunities to project one’s social statu...
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Institutional trust and perceptions of regulatory efficacy can affect support for management. This study examined how institutional trust, specific trust related to information/management, and support for perceived efficacy of current regulations related to deer hunters' attitudes about chronic wasting disease (CWD) management. Results are from a s...
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Non-source nutrients (e.g., nitrogen, phosphorous) from agriculture have created a massive hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. This zone contains no oxygen and is devoid of life. US Department of Agriculture programs provide direct payments to farmers to encourage adoption of practices that reduce nutrient pollution. Paying farmers to change behavi...
Technical Report
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Report detailing the results of a study assessing Minnesota residents', deer hunters', and livestock producers' attitudes toward wolves and wolf management.
Technical Report
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Report detailing results of a study assessing Minnesotan residents', deer hunters' and livestock producers' attitudes toward wolves and wolf management
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Motivation has long been implicated as an antecedent to place attachment among recreationists. Research has framed this association around expectancy theory, suggesting that the realization of preferred modes of experience leads to a positive evaluation of a setting (i.e., attachment). In this study, we tested an alternative hypothesis rooted in se...
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Conservation science and practice commonly draw on the theories and methods of social psychology to explain human cognitions, emotions, and behaviors germane to biodiversity conservation. Here, we present a systematic map of the cross-disciplinary conservation science literature that draws on social psychology concepts and methods in their applicat...
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Knowledge of the relationships among psychological constructs such as values and motivations that influence proenvironmental behavior provides public land management agencies with guidance on how to minimize stakeholder impacts on the environment. A rich body of research has demonstrated that values form a tripartite structure underlying environmen...
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This study explores connections between design features of faculty-led short-term study abroad programs and resulting changes in students’ global perspectives. Over 2,000 students provided data for this study, completing the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) before and after studying abroad. Results indicated that program features such as particip...
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Increasing wolf populations are a concern for wildlife managers in the Midwestern U.S. Understanding the psychological mechanisms that contribute to public perceptions of risk will enable development of strategies that seek to mitigate these risks, and suggest where outreach efforts may facilitate acceptance of wolves. We examined the psychological...
Technical Report
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The purpose of this study to determine deer hunter preferences for managing deer populations in southeast Minnesota including season structure, regulations, harvest, and management actions to control the spread of CWD among deer. The specific objectives of this study were to: 1. Continue baseline data for tracking trends in deer hunter participatio...
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Understanding the factors that shape individuals’ beliefs about climate change is key to the development of effective climate change communication and education strategies. In this study, we test a path model of the social psychological antecedents of beliefs about climate change and evaluate the effectiveness of an educational travel program in ch...
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Understanding constraints to participation in recreation and leisure is a common research topic. This article used social identity theory to increase our understanding of leisure constraints, negotiation, motivation , and planned participation. Using a large online sample of ultra-endurance gravel racers (n = 916), this study used structural equati...
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Understanding sources of difference in public attitudes toward wildlife is critical for the design of effective policy instruments. In this article we explored the role of wildlife value orientations and stakeholder group membership (general public versus agricultural producers) in shaping residents support for the natural recolonization of apex pr...
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This paper evaluates a model of the antecedents of place attachment reported by outdoor recreationists engaged in consumptive and non-consumptive activities. Using data collected from visitors to Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Australia, we hypothesized that reported levels of attachment would be shaped by concerns about a protected area settin...
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Habitat degradation, entwined with land cover change, is a major driver of biodiversity loss. Effects of land cover change on species can be direct (when habitat is converted to alternative land cover types) or indirect (when land outside of the species habitat is altered). Hydrologic and ecological connections between terrestrial and aquatic system...
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The sustainability of recreational fisheries are, in part, dependent on anglers acting as stewards of the resource. However, the psychological attributes that underpin anglers’ adoption of voluntarily stewardship behaviors remain largely unknown. In this study, we test a model of the factors that influence stewardship in the recreational fisheries...
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Understanding the psychological mechanisms underpinning tourists’ voluntary adoption of behaviors that minimize harm to environments and communities that support tourism is critical for the sustainability of the industry. In this study, we examined the internal attributes that lead tourists to adopt three dimensions of pro-sustainable behavior draw...
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The social-ecological systems framework has guided investigations of complex interactions among ecosystems, society, and economies. In recent years, academics and practitioners have taken steps to strengthen this framework by calling for more systematic engagement with the cognitive and affective bases of human behavior. We suggest research that en...
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Understanding the factors that influence voluntary conservation is critical for developing effective residential water conservation policy. Previous work drawing on Schwartz’s Norm Activation Model (NAM) has been useful to understand some of these factors. However, one’s relationship with the broader community impacted by consumptive decisions has...
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Travel, long recognised as a rite of passage, is often also touted as a transformative experience which facilitates cross-cultural understanding, fosters an embrace of diversity and promotes global awareness. This process is aligned with youth development and has a rich history in the tourism literature. The importance of transformational travel, h...
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Ecosystem-services scholarship has largely focused on monetary valuation and the material contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. Increasingly, research is calling for a deeper understanding of how less tangible, nonmaterial values shape management and stakeholder decisions. We propose a framework that characterizes a suite of sociocultura...
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Study abroad is believed to be a transformative learning experience for students. However, the extent to which study abroad adds value beyond what is possible on campus needs to be demonstrated. In this paper, we document the learning outcomes assessment undertaken by a faculty-led study-abroad program at a large university in the U.S. Southeast. S...
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Ecosystem-services scholarship has largely focused on monetary valuation and the material contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. Increasingly, research is calling for a deeper understanding of how less tangible, nonmaterial values shape management and stakeholder decisions. We propose a framework that characterizes a suite of sociocultura...
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Global citizenship has emerged as a key objective of liberal education. Because the status of Indigenous Peoples worldwide is inextricably linked to globalization and imperialism, mainstream culture students' attitudes toward the rights of Indigenous Peoples can be taken as an index of global citizenship. The items comprising the Measure of Attitud...
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While the social, economic, and ecological impact of recreational fisheries is well established, the inherent diversity of both fisheries resources and resource users, particularly anglers, continues to present a challenge for management agencies. To better understand the diversity of recreational anglers, agencies often utilize survey methods to c...
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We empirically tested relationships among the characteristics of trustworthiness, trust instilled in river guides, and risks perceived by whitewater recreationists that rafted a Wild and Scenic River in the Southern Sierra Nevada, CA. Drawing on a social exchange framework, we used survey data to address the following objectives: (1) investigate th...
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We empirically tested relationships among the characteristics of trustworthiness, trust instilled in river guides, and risks perceived by whitewater recreationists that rafted a Wild and Scenic River in the Southern Sierra Nevada, CA. Drawing on a social exchange framework, we used survey data to address the following objectives: 1) investigate thr...
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Although promising advances in transdisciplinary scholarship have been made over the past several decades, the successful integration of disciplinary perspectives has yet to be realized. One avenue for fostering transdisciplinarity is experiential education at the graduate level where scholars are brought together in applied research contexts to so...
Conference Paper
The shifting socio-demographic landscape of Texas has several implications for the management and sustainability of fisheries resources. This study examined differences in motivation and consumptive orientation among anglers who prefer to target various species of fish in freshwater and saltwater in the state of Texas. As anglers’ preferred species...
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The previous twenty years have seen dramatic changes in the population of Texas anglers. These changes have been driven by social forces related urbanization, migration, population growth, and shifting economic conditions. The changes are evidenced in anglers’ motivations, species preferences, consumptive orientations, and preferred angling locatio...