The following list provides an overview of some of the research projects we have been working on at the Socio-Environmental Research Lab (SERL). If you would like more information about any of these projects, please contact Dr. Michael Schuett: email@example.com.
• Ready, Set, Go! Program Evaluation. The program seeks to develop and improve dialogue between fire and emergency service agencies, and the residents they serve. In order to provide feedback on the RSG! Program, a questionnaire was developed and implemented to assess how its tools/resources meet the needs of those agencies who utilize the program.Read more
• Attitudes, Behavior, and Management Preferences of Texas Artificial Reef Users. The Texas Artificial Reef Act directs the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to promote, develop, maintain, monitor, and enhance the artificial reef potential in state waters and federal waters adjacent to Texas. Artificial reefs are defined as a structure or system of structures constructed, placed, or permitted in the navigable water of Texas or water of the federal exclusive economic zone adjacent to Texas for the purpose of enhancing fishery resources and commercial and recreational fishing opportunities. In order to provide the Artificial Reef Program with updated information about individuals who use artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico for recreation, a mail survey was conducted.Read more
• Examining the Relationship between Stakeholders and Everglades National Park. Diverse groups of stakeholders have become increasingly involved with parks and protected areas that are impacted by impending development, population shift and other natural processes. A collaborative approach to landscape conservation is necessary to cultivate natural resource stewardship but challenging given the diverse backgrounds of external partners. This study examined the relationships between stakeholders and one of the most biologically diverse U.S. national parks, Everglades National Park. This park is home to over 20 rare, endangered/threatened species and provides habitat for over 400 species of birds. However, Everglades NP is also on the World Heritage Danger list threatened by poaching, disruption in water flow, pollution, and development.Read more
• Urban National Parks and Adjacent Communities: Understanding Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Urban expansion and population shift have modified the existing landscape throughout the U.S. Instead of historically being located on remote areas, an increasing number of national parks and protected areas are surrounded by newly formed communities; however, these changes have brought new challenges for both park managers and adjacent communities. This study examined the different perceptions and attitudes (framed around notions of place meanings, change, and involvement) that community stakeholders have in relation to National Parks. To reach this study objective, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was selected as the study area. The park site is home to four of the original six Spanish colonial missions built in the 1700s.Read more