Peterson Lab | Human Dimensions of Conservation Biology


Nils Peterson and the scholars affiliated with his lab work to unravel the drivers of environmental behavior on which global sustainability depends.  We use environmental education, conservation development, environmental conflict, and environmental policy making as natural experiments to test hypotheses, and occasionally run an experiment of our own!

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Maybe you can change people’s minds about climate change after all

Teens Learn About Climate Change. New research finds adolescents learn climate change science relatively free of pre-existing values and beliefs. (Feb 19, 2015) Listen Now


“Share the Road” Signs Don’t Work

Researchers George Hess and M. Nils Peterson of North Carolina State University conducted an online survey of nearly 2,000 people to find out what various road signage means to them

Housing Bomb book cover


"In this compelling book we are shown the destructive folly of humanity's insatiable appetite for bigger and bigger homes, and for second and third homes, a largely unrecognized factor in the human environmental predicament."—Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University, author of The Population Bomb

New publications on why climate education works with children and not adults and balancing human rights and conservation on international borders