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|About||We are interested in examining all aspects of people's changing relationship with nature, through the use of both the life and the social sciences. We are a non -profit private scientific research institute. Our webpage is www.redrockinstitute.org.|
|Mission||We are interested in examining all aspects of people's changing relationship with nature, through the use of both the life and the social sciences.|
|Description||red rock institute, inc. is a 501(c)3 Pennsylvania non -profit corporation.|
Cutting-edge work showing how type of early nature exposure determines later interest in conservation:
Zaradic, P. A., O. R. W. Pergams, and P. Kareiva. 2009. The impact of nature experience on willingness to support conservation. PLoS One: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0007367.
New reference work including our discussion of the economic valuation of genetic diversity:
Pergams, O. R. W. and P. Kareiva. 2009. Support services: A focus on genetic diversity. In: S. A. Levin, S. R. Carpenter, H. C. J. Godfray, A. P. Kinzig, M. Loreau, et al., editors. The Princeton Guide to Ecology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
1st large-scale analysis of the effects of human population & climate change on any group of organisms:
Pergams, O. R. W. and J. L. Lawler. 2009. Recent and widespread rapid morphological change in rodents. PLoS One: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0006452.
A further reply lettter:
Pergams, O. R. W. and P. A. Zaradic. 2009. Comment on Balmford et al. (2009). PLoS Biology: http://tinyurl.com/PergamsReply.
A reply letter further corroborating decline in nature participation:
Pergams, O. R. W. and P. A. Zaradic. 2008. Reply to Jacobs and Manfredo: More support for a pervasive decline in nature-based recreation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0803331105.
Our most sweeping research yet, showing a broad decline in people's interest in nature, both nationally and internationally. 16 variables are evaluated:
Pergams, O. R. W. and P. A. Zaradic. 2008. Evidence for a fundamental and pervasive shift away from nature-based recreation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:2295-2300.
A think-piece reviewing our own and other's research on videophilia's impact on children and environmental consciousness:
Zaradic, P. A. and O. R. W. Pergams. 2007. Videophilia: Implications for childhood development and conservation. Journal of Developmental Processes 2:130-144.