Brian Eisenhauer, Sociology

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

Brian Eisenhauer

In the last year Brian Eisenhauer has had the good fortune to be very busy working with students and my colleagues on a number of important endeavors. Involving students actively in research is an important component of my work at PSU, and he is happy to share that we have worked on a number of interesting projects serving communities and other constituencies in our region. We look forward to the coming year and continuing the good work!

Some of the recent activities in the last year have included project reports, scholarly publications, presentations, and attempting to obtain grant funding to support our efforts. We have been busy! A few examples of our work are below:

Publications

  • Wulfhorst, J.D., B. Eisenhauer, S. Gripne, and J. Ward. 2008. Core Criteria and Assessment Challenges for Participatory Action Research. In Partnerships for Empowerment, eds. C. Wilmsen , W. Elmendorf , L. Fisher, J. Ross, B. Sarathy, G. Wells, 23-46. Sterling, VA: Earthscan.
  • Eisenhauer, B. and J. Brehm. 2008. Motivations for Participating in Community-Supported Agriculture and Their Relationship with Community Attachment and Social Capital. Southern Rural Sociological Society 23(1):94-115.
  • Eisenhauer, B. and B. Nicholson. 2007. Do You See What I See? The Importance of Diverse Perspectives in Environmental Communications. Frontiers in Ecology 5(3): 161-163.
  • Changing Homeowner’s Lawn Care Behavior to Reduce Nutrient Losses in New England’s Urbanizing Watersheds: USDA Lawn Project Social Science Research Stage 1 Final Report. 2008. B. Eisenhauer, B. Gagnon, W. Hopkins, D. Ross.
  • Descriptive Analysis and Needs Assessment: River and Watershed Organizations in the New Hampshire Coastal Watershed (NH DES). 2008. B. Eisenhauer, D. Ross, and W. Hopkins. Understanding the Views of Residents to Guide the Creation of Every Acres Counts: The Newfound Watershed Master Plan Findings from a Watershed Community Survey (NH DES). 2008. B. Eisenhauer, D. Ross, J. Hill, M. Rodier, B. Gagnon, and W. Hopkins.
  • Information for Planning in the Sandwich Historic District: Results from a Survey of Community Residents. 2008. B. Eisenhauer, D. Ross, J. Hill, M. Rodier, and W. Hopkins.
  • The Opinions of Residents: A Survey to Aid in the Creation of The Berlin Master Plan – Final Report from the Community Survey. 2008. B. Eisenhauer, D. Ross, J. Hill, M. Rodier, and W. Hopkins.
  • A Web-Based Marketplace. 2007. Eisenhauer, B. Orion 26(4):13.
  • Results of the Workgroup Interviews For the I-93 Salt Reduction Workgroup (NH DES). 2007. B. Eisenhauer, S. Whitman, D. Ross, and W. Hopkins.
  • NH SeaGrant: The future of MPAs in New England Final Report. 2007. K. Donahue, B. Eisenhauer, and B. Gagnon.

Presentations

  • Working with People: Applying Social Science Research in Conservation and Outreach Efforts. Invited Plenary address, the 32nd Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists. Bartlett, NH. 2008.
  • Human Dimensions of Marine Protected Areas in and near New Hampshire Waters. With K. Donahue and B. Gagnon. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Burlington, VT. 2008.
  • Newfound Lakes Region Association Annual Meeting Keynote Address: Watershed Plan Project Progress Report: Social Science Findings. Bridgewater, NH. 2008.
  • The Nexus of Place Attachment, Behavior, and Ecological Integrity. With J. Brehm and R. Stedman. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Burlington, VT. 2008.
  • From Student-Centered to Student Led: Teaching about Social Aspects of Environmental Issues. Workshop developed and delivered at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Burlington, VT. 2008.
  • The Social Dynamics of Efforts to Reduce Road Salt Loading. With S. Whitman. Invited Presentation at the 2008 Lakes Conference, New Hampshire Lakes Association, Meredith, NH. 2008.
  • Positive Environmentalism: Fostering Environmentally Responsible Behaviors. Plenary Speaker at Green/Blue Summit: Water, Earth and People. Philadelphia, PA. 2007

Recently obtained and on-going grant funded projects:

  • Changing Homeowner’s Lawn Care Behavior to Reduce Nutrient Losses in New England’s Urbanizing Watersheds (USDA CSREES) – $486,000 (2006-2009).
  • Descriptive Analysis and Needs Assessment: River and Watershed Organizations in the New Hampshire Coastal Watershed (NH DES) – $12,500 (2007-2008).
  • Facilitation and Research Services for the I-93 Salt Reduction Workgroup (NH DES, NH DOT, EPA) – $90,000 (2007-2008).
  • Newfound Lake Watershed Master Plan Development (NH DES, EPA)- $346,000 (2006-2009).
  • Social, Economic, and Ecological Effects of Second Home Development in the Northern Forest Region (2007 Northeastern States Research Cooperative: Research for the Northern Forest) – $121,000 (2008-2010).
  • Create “PSU Eco-House” to be used as a Laboratory for Demonstrating “Green Living” as a Student Centered Demonstration Project (ICE Grant, written in cooperation with Dr. Julie Bernier, Provost, PSU) – $66,800 (ICE funding), $114,000 (PSU match), $180,800 total (2008-2009).

In addition, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students continues to be an exciting challenge, and we look forward to continued engagement in the coming year.