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S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling

I am currently a postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina State University in the Department of Biological Sciences. I am a social scientist, exploring just environmental decision-making.

Broadly, my research focuses on engaging diverse communities and stakeholders in complex environmental and natural resource governance questions. More specifically, I explore the politics and social science around emerging applications of biotechnology in biodiversity conservation and restoration. I have experience in community-based research, and in co-constructing research agenda with Indigenous environmental leaders.

I situate myself at an intersection of Science, Technology, and Society studies — in particular, public engagement with science and technology — and Environmental Justice. Because I consider myself to be a critical scholar, I focus primarily on qualitative methodologies, including in-depth interviews, focus group facilitation, and participant observation. I also deploy quantitative methods to gain perspective on broader trends.

An Important Community In Restoration Efforts To Protect The American Chestnut Tree

The American chestnut once dominated the eastern forests of the United States. A fungal pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica, was introduced to the US in the early 20th century and within a few decades, the pathogen now known as the chestnut blight […]