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Linda S Prokopy

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science
FORS Room 201B
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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.

Research Group - Natural Resource Social Science

Facilities - Natural Resource Social Science Lab

Areas of Excellence - Partnering for Land Use Sustainability

Related Centers - Center for the Environment



Awards & Honors

(2013) Exemplary Faculty Service Award. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2013) Outstanding Graduate Educator. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

(2013) Seed for Success. Purdue University.

(2009) Teach for Tomorrow. Purdue University.

(2008) Community of Service-Leaning Faculty Fellow. Purdue University.

(2008) Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow. Indiana Campus Compact.

(2005) Agricultural Research Program Assistantship. College of Agriculture Agricultural Research Programs.

Selected Publications

Prokopy, L. S., Lemos, M. C., Mase, A. S., & Perry-Hill, R. (2013). Assessing Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Approaches - Useful to Usable Tools. In Agricultural Vulnerability and Climate.

Reimer, A., Mase, A. S., Mulvaney, K., Mullendore, N., Perry-Hill, R., & Prokopy, L. S. (in press). The Impact of Information and Familiarity on Public Attitudes toward the Eastern Hellbender. Animal Conservation.

Gramig, B., Barnard, J. B., & Prokopy, L. S. (2013). Farmer beliefs about climate change and carbon sequestration incentives. Climate Research.

Arbuckle, J., Prokopy, L. S., Haigh, T., Hobbs, J., Knoot, T., Knutson, C., . . . Widhalm, M. (2013). Climate Change Beliefs, Concerns, and Attitudes toward Adaptation and Mitigation Among Farmers in the Midwestern United States. Climatic Change Letters, 117(4), 943-950.

Mulvaney, K., Woodson, P., & Prokopy, L. S. (2013). A tale of three counties: Understanding wind development in the Rural Midwest. Energy Policy.

Mulvaney, K., Woodson, P., & Prokopy, L. S. (2013). Different Shades of Green: A Case Study of Support for Wind Farms in the Rural Midwest. Environmental Management, 51(5), 1012-1024.

Reimer, A., & Prokopy, L. S. (in press). Farmer Participation in U.S. Farm Bill Conservation Programs. Environmental Management.

Loy, A., Hobbs, J., Arbuckle, J. G., Morton, L. W., Prokopy, L. S., Haigh, T., . . . Widhalm, M. (2013). Farmer Perspectives on Agriculture and Weather Variability in the Corn Belt: A Statistical Atlas.

Thompson, A., Dumyahn, S., Prokopy, L. S., Amberg, S., Baumgart-Getz, A., Jackson-Tyree, J., . . . Saylor, A. (2013). Comparing Random Sample Q and R Methods for Understanding Natural Resource Attitudes. Field Methods.

Mullendore, N., Mase, A. S., Mulvaney, K., Perry-Hill, R., Reimer, A., Behbehani, L., . . . Prokopy, L. S. (in press). Conserving the Eastern Hellbender Salamander. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.