Gordon L. Bultena

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1963

Dr. Bultena studies environmental/natural resource issues, with a special interest in public values toward nature and value conflicts, "people problems" in natural resources management, and social factors affecting public decision making about resources. He has a long-standing interest in issues of social carrying capacity on wildlands. He also studies the social impacts of proposed natural resource projects and policies. His current research is exploring social impacts of farmers' adoption of sustainable farming systems. He also is interested in the social impacts of new technologies, and is presently investigating rural community impacts of recent advances in telecommunications. In 1988, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society, and was recently honored with a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State Alumni Association. He is a recent past-president of the ISU chapter of Sigma Xi.