Courtney Larson

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PhD Student, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Urban natural areas are protected for several reasons, such as preserving unique natural features, conserving plants and animals, and providing space for outdoor recreation. But can all this occur in the same place? Researchers have found that recreation can have negative effects on wildlife. My research goals are to measure and model recreation in urban natural areas and to assess whether (and how) recreation affects where wildlife are found. I hope to learn about the possible trade-offs between recreation and wildlife conservation and help devise strategies for sustaining the long-term ecological health and wild character of our natural places.

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Warner College of Natural Resources
Department of Fish Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE)