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Linda S Prokopy

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Natural Resources Social Science
FORS Room 201B
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Linda Prokopy's website

Research Group - Natural Resource Social Science

Facilities - Natural Resource Social Science Lab

Related Centers - Center for the Environment

Purdue Extension - FNR Extension

Natural resources in Indiana and elsewhere are increasingly threatened by human pressures such as land use change, climate change and water pollution. My research, teaching and engagement cumulatively address these human threats with a particular focus on understanding how to encourage more people to become engaged in environmentally friendly behaviors. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods in my research and frequently use techniques such as surveys, interviews and focus groups.

Dr. Prokopy collaborates extensively with scientists across Purdue and co-leads a regional project to develop social indicators to measure the effectiveness of projects that try to minimize non-point source pollution. She conducts social evaluations of watershed projects in Indiana and also has a number of competitive grants that use social indicators to improve the outcomes of water projects.

Awards & Honors

(2016) Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award. Purdue University.

(2016) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2015) Learning Community Real-World Experience Award. Purdue University.

(2015) Outstanding Graduate Mentor/Teacher. Purdue University College of Agriculture.

(2015) NIFA Partnership Award for Mission Integration of Research. Education and Extension.

(2015) Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Conservation Research Award.

(2015) Purdue Agriculture TEAM Award.

(2015) Academic Connection Award for Learning Community. Purdue University.

(2014) Team Award. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association.

(2014) Outstanding New Learning Community Award. Student Success at Purdue.

Selected Publications

Gao, Y., Babin, N., Turner, A. J., Hoffa, C. R., Peel, S., & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). Understanding Urban-Suburban Adoption and Maintenance of Rain Barrels. Landscape and Urban Planning, 153, 99-110.

Babin, N. L., Mullendore, N. D., & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). Using Social Criteria to Select Watersheds for Non-point Source Agricultural Pollution Abatement Projects. Land Use Policy, 55, 327-333.

Prokopy, L. S., & Genskow, K. (2016). Social Indicator Variations Across Watersheds: Implications for Developing Outreach and Technical Assistance Programs. Society and Natural Resources, 29(5), 617-627.

Dunn, M., Mullendore, N., Garcia de Jalon, S., & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). The Role of County Surveyors and County Drainage Boards in Addressing Water Quality. Environmental Management, 57, 1217-1229.

Thompson, A., & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). The Role of Sense of Place in Collaborative Planning. Journal of Sustainability Education, 11.

Ulrich-Schad, J. D., Babin, N., Ma, Z., & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). Out-of-State, Out of Mind? Non-Operating Farmland Owners and Conservation Decision Making. Land Use Policy, 54, 602-613.

Stuart, C. J., Mase, A. S., Knutson, C. L., Lemos, M. C., Haigh, T., Todey, D. P., & Prokopy, L. S. (2016). The Effects of Extreme Drought on Climate Change Beliefs, Risk Perceptions, and Adaptation Attitudes. Climate Change, 153(2), 211-226.

Dunn, M., Ulrich-Schad, J. D., Prokopy, L. S., Myers, R. L., Watts, C. R., & Scanlon, K. (2016). Perceptions and Use of Cover Crops among Early Adopters: Findings from a National Survey. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 71(1), 29-40.

Busse, R., Ulrich-Schad, J. D., Creighton, L., Peel, S., Genskow, K., & Prokopy, L. S. (2015). Using Social Indicators to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Outreach in Two Indiana Watersheds. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, 156, 5-20.

Mase, A. S., Babin, N. L., Prokopy, L. S., & Genskow, K. (2015). Trust in Sources of Soil and Water Quality Information: Implications for Environmental Outreach and Education. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(6), 1656-1666.

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