Cooper, Natalie A.
Advisor: Martha Monroe
We must understand the various worldviews, values, and identities that shape the different ways people perceive, interact with, and connect to nature. This facilitates our ability to identify common ground and appreciate difference with others, meanwhile it helps to eliminate noise that otherwise muffles the natural resource problems we confront that demand collective efforts to solve. The importance of this task grows as competition for resources increases and tradeoffs in decision making intensify. I seek to contribute to this task by exploring different identities associated with connections to nature, particularly among farmers and other stakeholders of the Upper Floridan aquifer. My research is informed by my background in community-based resource management and conservation-development projects in rural areas of Brazil and Panama, as well as by my family ties to agriculture in Minnesota.