My current research interests focus on the interactions between science development and how it is used in conservation planning and land use policy. I’m a first year PhD student in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with advisor, Dr. Adena Rissman. My work is multifaceted and examines contemporary issues such as: evaluation criteria for assessing both the impact and accountability of resource management and policy research, building consensus and communicating science, and the training experiences of graduate students involved in the Novel Ecosystems IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship).
I’m also interested in questions of land uses across the United States from their ecological, economic, and cultural perspectives. More broadly, I am interested in applying knowledge of both the social and natural sciences to improve human health and biological integrity.
Prior to coming to the UW-Madison, I worked as the Information Transfer Specialist and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) liaison for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. This work sought to facilitate collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve better conservation and social outcomes on the ground. I received both my B.S. and M.S. from Southern Illinois University where my work focused on the role of public and private partnerships on USFS land under the direction of Dr. Erin Seekamp (NCSU) and Dr. Lee Cerveny (Research & Development, USFS).National Forest Partnership Study NPO Report
Motivations and personal interests:
I have always found my solace in natural settings. The quiet solitude and beauty of natural areas surrounding my youth instilled in me a sense of belonging, wonder, and respect for our nation’s natural resources. From childhood’s wonder, I have grown into a devout advocate for protecting the integrity and sustainability of natural system processes and our cultural heritage. I have a deep fascination with issues related to natural area stewardship and conservation issues across the landscape, and see myself playing an integral role in helping to foster environmental stewardship and knowledge, as well as generate a lasting positive change.
I love spending my free time exploring new places with my two dogs, practicing and performing aerial acrobatics, dancing lindy hop (or any variation of swing), and cooking a good meal with friends and family.
Barrow, L., E. Seekamp, L. K. Cerveny (2013) The Growing Phenomenon of Partnerships within the US Forest Service: A Survey of Personnel Perceptions. Journal of Forestry, 111(6).
Barrow, L., Carver, A., Seekamp, E., Cerveny, L., & Zaczek, J. (2012). Organizational Structure and Institutional Support for USDA Forest Service Partnerships. Published Master’s Thesis.
Barrow, L., E. Seekamp, L. K. Cerveny. (2012). Institutional support for agency partnerships: Exploring personnel perception and website content. 24th Annual Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, April 1-3, Cooperstown, New York.