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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

Prokopy, L., Mullendore, N., Brasier, K., & Floress, K. (2014). A Typology of Catalyst Events for Collaborative Watershed Management in the United States. Society and Natural Resources, 27(11), 1177-1191.

Kalcic, M., Frankenberger, J., Chaubey, I., Prokopy, L., & Bowling, L. (in press). Adaptive Targeting: Engaging Farmers to Improve Targeting and Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices. Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

Prokopy, L., Towery, D., & Babin, N. (2014). Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices: Insights from Research and Practice. (FNR-488-W).

Haigh, T., Morton, L., Lemos, M., Knutson, C., Prokopy, L., Lo, Y., & Angel, J. (in press). Agricultural Advisors as Climate Information Intermediaries: Exploring Differences in Capacity to Communicate Climate. Weather, Climate and Society.

Prokopy, L., Morton, L., Arbuckle, J., Mase, A., & Wilke, A. (in press). Agriculture Stakeholder Views on Climate Change: Implications for Conducting Research and Outreach. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., & Prokopy, L. (2014). An In-Depth Examination of Farmers' Perceptions of Targeting Conservation Practices. Environmental Management, 54, 795-813.

Perry-Hill, R., & Prokopy, L. (2014). Comparing Different Types of Rural Landowners: Implications for Conservation Practice Adoption. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 69(3), 266-278.

Mullendore, N., Mase, A., Mulvaney, K., Perry-Hill, R., Reimer, A., Behbehani, L., Williams, R., . . . Prokopy, L. (2014). Conserving the Eastern Hellbender Salamander. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(2), 166-178.

Mase, A., Cho, H., & Prokopy, L. (in press). Enhancing the Social Amplification of Risk Framework (SARF) by Exploring Trust, the Availability Heuristic, and Agricultural Advisors' Belief in Climate Change. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Reimer, A., & Prokopy, L. (2014). Farmer Participation in U.S. Farm Bill Conservation Programs. Environmental Management, 53(2), 318-332.