Jerry J. Vaske

Jerry J. Vaske
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1980
Current Position: 
Professor, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Dr. Jerry J. Vaske is a Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and founding co-editor of the international journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

For the last 35 years his research has focused on the application of social science theory and methodology to the concerns of natural resource managers and policy makers.

Recent projects have examined: (1) local resident and visitor attitudes and norms regarding a range of impact management issues at U.S. and Canadian National Parks; (2) visitor’s reactions to fee increases at 19 different National Wildlife Refuges across the United States; (3) hunters responses to chronic wasting disease in Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming; (4) human-wildlife conflict in Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Wyoming, and Nova Scotia; (5) human dimensions of wildfire management in California, Colorado, and Washington.

Dr. Vaske has published over 170 articles in scientific journals and authored or co-authored 21 book chapters and 12 books.

He recently completed a second edition of his book, Survey research and analysis: Applications in parks, recreation and human dimensions.

His primary teaching responsibilities at Colorado State University focus on research methodology and statistics.

Specific topics range from survey design to applied multivariate analysis.

Courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level emphasize understanding data manipulation techniques and what statistics are appropriate for addressing theoretical and applied natural resource problems.