Nature and society Prof. Randy Wilson

How do we make decisions about environmental resources? Who benefits? How do we balance sustainability and justice?

Prof. Randy Wilson and his students examine these questions up close and hands on, probing the practical and political implications of policy.

For example, students in Wilson's research seminar examined a 2,500-unit subdivision proposed near Gettysburg. Using digital geographic information system technology, the students created an alternative plan reducing environmental impacts and presented their work at an international conference. A video and newspaper article highlighted their presentation, which was entitled "To Sprawl or Not to Sprawl."

Wilson's students also inventoried more than 1,200 trees on campus, determining not only their species, but how much carbon they sequester and the economic benefit of the trees' work against air pollutants.

Most of Wilson's research, however, is conducted in the Rocky Mountain West where he teaches a summer field course on sustainability for Gettysburg students and investigates community-based collaborative resource management as it relates to public lands and resources across the region.

He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

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