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Dr. Michael Sorice

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Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

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Dr. Sorice is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. He currently teaches a graduate course entitled Social Ecological Systems.

Dr. Sorice’s Conservation Social Science Lab examines personal, social, and structural characteristics that influence people’s choices in the face of biodiversity and habitat loss, invasive species, and landscape transformation. His research program focuses on explaining resource use decisions and the ways these decisions can be shaped to favor environmental integrity. 

Much of Dr. Sorice’s work focuses on the role of decentralized governance approaches that address environmental issues from the bottom up (e.g., volunteer associations and payments for ecosystem services).