Blended-Landscape Communities and Forested Habitats: Accounting for Perceptions Within and Beyond the Urban Fringe

Jim Cantrill

Northern Michigan University

Dr. James G. Cantrill received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois – Urbana in 1985 and currently is a professor and the Department Head of Communication and Performance Studies at Northern Michigan University. Dr. Cantrill has authored or co-edited four books, 13 text chapters, 23 journal articles, 14 technical papers for agencies and institutions, and more than 50 conference papers. Many of his articles and conference presentations have involved participation with undergraduate and graduate students at NMU and elsewhere. Through his scholarship, Dr. Cantrill has developed a reputation as an international expert on environmental communication and, along with colleagues from around the world, was instrumental in the creation of conservation psychology as a distinct disciplinary focus in the social sciences. He has also become a sought after consultant for organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (where I chaired and international work group in the 1990s), the National Park Service, and the Brazilian government. He has received grant funding from a range of sources including the U.S. Forest Service, the Great Lakes National Program Office, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Partially in recognition of his scholarship, Jim was selected as the President of the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association and received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Northern in 2001 and an Excellence in Scholarship award from the same institution in 2009.


There is little question that population growth since the beginning of the 19th Century has significantly altered the dynamics of terrestrial systems. Along with a variety of allied forces (e.g., climate change, agricultural... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jim Cantrill (Northern Michigan University)

Topic Areas

Topics: Cultural Psychology and Wildlife Governance , Topics: Wildlife in an Ecosystem Services Paradigm , Topics: Community-Based Conservation


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