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Monika Derrien

Monika Derrien
Research Social Scientist
Goods, Services, and Values
400 N 34th St., Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103-8600
United States
Current Research
I am interested in the human dimensions of natural resource management, especially related to (a) how the social, cultural, and health benefits gained from outdoor experiences can be better understood and promoted by land managers, and incorporated into planning processes and frameworks; (b) the relationships between communities undergoing recreation-oriented tourism development and adjacent public lands; and (c) the ways socioeconomically, ethnically, and racially diverse populations relate to and engage with nature, from urban parks to remote wilderness areas.
Past Research
In the past, I've conducted research to help increase our understanding of human-environment relationships. I've conducted research that analyzes the community-level effects of second home development in rural areas and park-community initiatives to reduce light pollution and promote night sky tourism. At a larger scale, I've contributed to research that supports statewide outdoor recreation planning. I've also studied the discursive aspects of environmental interpretation and the development of sense of place among immigrant populations.
Research Interest
  • Sustainable recreation and tourism
  • Cultural ecosystem services
  • Human-nature connections
  • Urban greenspaces
  • Rural community development
  • Public health benefits of outdoor recreation and public lands
  • Environmental communication and interpretation
  • University of Vermont, Ph.D., Natural Resources, 2015
  • University of Vermont, M.S., Natural Resources, 2012
  • Cornell University, B.A., History, 2008
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Outdoor Programs for Veterans Offer Therapeutic Opportunities on Public Lands

Year: 2020
Lee Cerveny and Monika Derrien, research social scientists with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, examined how outdoor programs for veterans on public lands can use the inherent therapeutic value of nature to benefit veterans, particularly those experiencing posttraumatic stress. They identifi...