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Lauren Redmore

Lauren Redmore
Research Social Scientist
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
790 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801-4421
United States
Current Research

Lauren is the first Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute scientist focused on advancing an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, specifically, and wilderness and wildlands, generally. Lauren’s work focuses on several key areas, including how diverse people have been able to access, or have been excluded from, wilderness areas and wilderness-making processes, as well as cultural and subsistence values of wilderness areas. 

Among several projects that are in the early stages of development, some key research projects currently include:

  • Understanding opportunities and barriers for Wilderness co-management with rightsholders and stakeholders
  • Examining the diverse social and psychological impacts of identity-specific outdoor recreation groups and peer-to-peer networks, in particular as it relates to Wilderness
  • Exploring the role of wilderness in supporting livelihoods and well-being
  • Understanding the ways that people from underrepresented backgrounds connect to wilderness through work
Past Research

Lauren brings a diverse array of past research. She spent seven years working and studying in sub-Saharan Africa, including for her PhD work studying human-elephant interactions in Botswana. She also studied deforestation outcomes in relationship to municipal-level governance across the Brazilian Amazon with an interdisciplinary team through the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. For her masters, Lauren examined the Woman Owning Woodlands Network, an extension program for women forest owners and managers in Western Oregon. Most recently, she led a study to understand barriers and identify potential solutions to the development of an innovative wood products sector, with a focus on community-scaled operations, for the state of California.

Research Interest

Lauren’s broader research interests are centered around questions of how people access and manage natural resources across scale, spanning individual identities, household resource needs, and community values with consideration for wider historical and political contexts. Some key research interests include:

  • Wilderness as part of a wider social-ecological system
  • Human-wildlife interactions in wilderness
  • Impacts of global change on wilderness-related livelihoods
  • Calls for land restitution and implications for the future of protected areas
In addition to research in the United States, Lauren is interested in examining commonalities and divergences in wilderness policy and practice across different countries, with a special interest in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Texas A&M, Ph. D., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences, 2020
  • Oregon State University, M.S., Forest Resources, concentration in social science, 2009
  • Dickinson College, Bachelors, Biology, Religion with a concentration in South Asian studies, 2006
Professional Experience
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  • Project Manager,  Sierra Institute for Community and Environment,  2021 - 2021
    Led social science research to identify barriers and potential solutions to help the state of California develop a mass timber manufacturing sector and expand its community-based forest products sector, with the goal of supporting forest restoration objectives and wider climate change goals.
  • Evaluation Manager,  National Recreation and Park Association,  2020 - 2020
    Planned and conducted evaluation research to advance the understanding of program impact and effectiveness in regards to the role of county and city parks and recreation departments in supporting underrepresented and under-resourced communities across the country. Also worked with park managers and field staff across the country to support them in developing their own evaluation plans.
  • Project Advisor and Manager,  Zoological Society of London, Cameroon,  2013 - 2015
    Developed and led two community-based conservation projects in protected areas of Cameroon, including one project focused on freshwater fisheries management in peri-urban coastal Cameroon and one project supporting wildlife conservation across several forestry concessions in Southeastern Cameroon.
Professional Organizations
  • Diversity and inclusion task force,  Society for Conservation Biology,  2020 - Current
    Examining institutional history of diversity across the Society
  • Honors and awards committee member,  Society for Conservation Biology,  2018 - 2021
  • African student mentor,  Society for Conservation Biology,  2018 - 2020
    Mentored a Masters student conducting research on human-manatee conflict in Cameroon
Awards & Recognition
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award, 2019
    Awarded by the Texas A&M Association of Former Students for excellence in research
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar, 2019
  • Jake Hershey Endowed Memorial Scholarship, 2019
    Texas A&M graduate student award in the Recreation, Park and Tourism Science Department
  • Fulbright scholarship, 2017
    US Fulbright Student Researcher to Botswana
  • National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research, 2015
    Applied Biodiversity Sciences fellowship at Texas A&M
  • Merit Fellow, 2015
    Texas A&M Merit Fellowship for graduate studies