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Department of Conservation Social Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7911
fax: (208) 885-6226

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1139
Moscow, ID 83844-1139
Troy Hall

Troy Hall

Office: CNR 19I
Phone: (208) 885-9455
Email: troyh@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Conservation Social Sciences, University of Idaho
PO Box 441139
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1139

College of Natural Resources
Department of Conservation Social Sciences
Department Head & Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Values and Attitudes Related to Natural Resource Management
    • Recreation Planning and Management (Wilderness and Protected Areas Focus)
    • Environmental Communication
    • Public Understanding of Science
    • Interdisciplinary Research
    • Research Methods
  • Biography

    Troy Hall holds degrees in Anthropology and Forest Resources with a social science emphasis. She worked for many seasons as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, mostly in Oregon, prior to becoming a faculty member in the Department of Forestry at Virginia Tech (4 years) and then in the Conservation Social Sciences Department at the University of Idaho in 2000. In her free time, Troy enjoys cooking, knitting, hiking with her dog and gardening.

  • Selected Publications
    • Davidson, A., & Hall, T. E. (In press). Should wilderness be natural or wild? Bridger Wilderness visitors’ attitudes about management of disturbance. International Journal of Wilderness.
    • Hall, T. E., & Amberg, S. M. (2013). Factors influencing consumption of farmed seafood products in the Pacific northwest. Appetite, 66, 1-9. 
    • Schnapp, L. M., Rotschy, L., Hall, T. E., Crowley, S. C., & O’Rourke, M. R. (2012). How to talk to strangers: Facilitating knowledge sharing within translational health teams with the Toolbox dialogue method. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2(4), 469-479.
    • Wilson, P. I., Hall, T. E., & Kruger, L. E. (2012). Riparian area protection and outdoor recreation: Lessons from the Northwest Forest Plan, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, (4)2, 131-141
    • Hall, T. E., Wilson, P., & Newman, J. (2011). Evaluating the short- and long-term effects of a modified deliberative poll on Idahoans' attitudes and civic engagement related to energy options. Journal of Public Deliberation, 7(1), Article 6. 
    • Lewis, A., Hall, T. E., & Black, A. (2011). Career stages in wildland firefighting: Implications for voice in risky situations. International Journal of Wildland Fire 20, 115-124
    • Amberg, S. M., & Hall, T. E. (2010). Precision and rhetoric in media reporting about contamination in farmed salmon. Science Communication, 32(4), 489-513
    • Cole, D. N., & Hall, T. E. (2010). Experiencing the restorative components of wilderness environments: Does congestion interfere and does length of exposure matter? Environment & Behavior, 42(6), 806-823.
    • Cole, David N.; Hall, Troy E. (2010). Privacy functions and wilderness recreation: Use density and length of stay effects on experience. Ecopsychology 2(2), 67-75.
    • Hall, T. E., Ham, S. H., & Lackey, B. K. (2010). Comparative evaluation of the attention capture and holding power of novel signs aimed at park visitors. Journal of Interpretation Research, 15(1), 15-36
    • Hall, T. E., Seekamp, E., & Cole, D. N. (2010). Do recreation motivations and wilderness involvement relate to support for wilderness management? A segmentation analysis. Leisure Sciences, 32(2), 109-124.
    • Nielsen-Pincus, M., Hall, T., Force, J. E., & Wulfhorst, J. D. (2010). Sociodemographic effects on place bonding. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30(4), 443-454.
    • Seekamp, E., Harris, C., Hall, T. E., & Craig, T. Y. (2010). A mixed methods approach to measuring depth of group information processing in the context of deliberative public involvement. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 4(3), 222-247
    • Cole, D. N., & Hall, T. E. (2009). Perceived effects of setting attributes on visitor experiences in wilderness: Variation with situational context and visitor characteristics. Environmental Management, 44, 24-36.
    • Hall, T. E. & Slothower, M. (2009). Cognitive factors affecting homeowners’ reactions to defensible space in the Oregon Coast Range. Society & Natural Resources, 22 (2), 95-110.
    • Morse, W. C., Hall, T. E., & Kruger, L. (2008). Improving the integration of recreation with other resource values by applying concepts of scale from ecological theory. Environmental Management, 43, 369-380.
    • Amberg, S. & Hall, T. E. (2008). Communicating risks and benefits of aquaculture: A content analysis of U.S. newsprint representations of farmed salmon. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 39(2), 143-157.
    • Brown, R. N. K., Rosenberger, R. S., Kline, J. D., Hall, T. E., & Needham, M. D. (2008). Visitor preferences for managing wilderness recreation after wildfire. Journal of Forestry, Jan/Feb, 9-16.
    • Hall, T. E. & White, D. D. (2008). Representing recovery: Science and local control in the framing of U.S. Pacific Northwest salmon policy. Human Ecology Review 15(1), 32-45.
  • Research Projects
    Social Science to Support Wilderness Planning in Yosemite National Park, California. Visitor survey research and segmentation analysis will provide wilderness managers with an understanding of how different types of wilderness visitors in Yosemite perceive and evaluate social and biophysical impacts of recreation, as well as how visitors evaluate existing and potential management actions. (2011-2014)

    Developing a Monitoring Tool to Assess Public Need for Recreation at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington. As part of the process of renewing special use permits for private vacation cabins at Lake Roosevelt, National Park Service managers need tools to evaluate public need for additional or modified recreational access. Following a carrying capacity approach, we evaluated use density and visitor experiences, using these to recommend indicators for future monitoring. (2010-2014)

    Combining Attention Restoration Theory with Place Attachment to Understand Restorative Experiences of Lakeshore Visitors (with Drew Bentley). Research on restorative experiences in natural settings has typically been guided by evolutionary paradigms, such as attention restoration theory, or constructivist paradigms, such as place attachment theories. In this study, we combined these two theoretical frameworks to understand the factors that contributed to an improvement in psychological well-being among beach visitors at Lake Roosevelt, Washington. (2010-2012)

    Changes in Recreational Experiences on the McKenzie River, Oregon: A Longitudinal Study. In 1996, we conducted baseline visitor studies with private and commercial recreational boaters along the whitewater segments of the McKenzie River. Since then, recreational use has skyrocketed. In 2012 and 2013 we collected surveys from boaters and trail users to determine how and to what extent visitor experiences have changed over 16 years. (2011-2014)

    Quantifying the characteristics and investigating the biogeoscientific and societal impacts of extreme wildland fires in the United States northern Rockies region (Co-PI). In this effort, funded by NASA, I lead the social science team focusing on understanding what makes wildfires extreme and how individuals and communities perceive the process of recovery from extreme wildfires. We are presently conducting a study of communities affected by 50 different fires to understand the relative impacts of biophysical fire characteristics and social processes on the severity of impacts (2011-2014)

    Effectively communicating the multi-scale effects of climate change to improve natural resource adaptation in the U.S. northern Rockies. As part of a National Science Foundation IGERT program at the University of Idaho (“Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems in Idaho and Costa Rica”), I work with an interdisciplinary team of PhD students to overcome barriers to communication of climate science to stakeholders and land managers through the development of innovative visual representations and deliberative processes. (2010-2014).

    Understanding the Effects of Deliberative Polling on Idahoans’ Energy Policy Views. In a collaborative effort with colleagues at Boise State University and Idaho State University, we recruited Idaho citizens to participate in a deliberative polling experiment. In a pre-test/post-test design, we explored the short and longer-term effects of providing balanced information, small group deliberations, and discussions with an expert panel. (2008-2011)

    An Investigation of the Effects of the Toolbox Dialogue Process on Interdisciplinary Teams. The “Toolbox” is a dialogue-based process designed to help interdisciplinary research teams understand each others’ epistemological and metaphysical commitments in the process of science. Using quantitative surveys and discourse analysis of group discussions, we are studying how the dialogue shapes participants’ awareness of their own and others’ views, as well as the development of shared understandings. (2012 to present)

    Public Perceptions of Smoke: Evaluating Regional Variations Via a Comparison of the Interior West and Southeastern United States. This study, funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, examines factors contributing to public tolerance of smoke from prescribed fires. Through hybrid internet-mail surveys in 18 communities, we explore how individual factors (e.g., knowledge, past experience, risk perceptions) and characteristics of smoke (e.g., duration, advanced notice) influence tolerance. (2010 -2014)

    Risks from Farmed Salmon: How Science and the Media Shape Public Perception and Behavior. In a series of studies, we examined the scientific research on human health and environmental impacts of salmon farming in the Pacific Northwest, how that science was reported in the news, and the effects of coverage on consumer behavior. (2006-2011)
  • Outreach Projects
    Member, USFS Wilderness Information Steering Team. For more than 10 years I have served as a core member of this national Forest Service team, which has representatives from all USFS regions and the Washington Office. We make recommendations regarding information collection and management for the agency’s national database, as well as advising about the Chief’s 10-Year Wilderness Stewardship Challenge. (2001 to present)

    Subject-Matter Lead, USFS Wilderness Character Monitoring Team. The US Forest Service is currently developing a national framework for monitoring wilderness character. I am the subject-matter lead for the quality that addresses “outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.” (2012 to present)

    Developer of the USFS National Minimum Protocol for Monitoring Opportunities for Solitude in Wilderness. In 2012-2013, I developed a national protocol to be implemented across the country in Forest Service Wildernesses for monitoring the “outstanding opportunities for solitude” required by the Wilderness Act. (2012-2014)

    Instructor, Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. For nearly 15 years, I have taught courses to wilderness managers from around the country. Among others, these include “Visitor Use Monitoring and Management,” “Interpretation and Education for Wilderness Stewardship,” “Social Trends and Wilderness Use,” and “Understanding Wilderness Visitors and Wilderness Experiences,” as well as “Protecting Wilderness Benefits,” delivered to the annual line-officer training. (2000 to present)

    Editor in Chief, Society & Natural Resources, 2008-2011.
    Associate Editor, Science Communication, 2012- present.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, 2013. University of Idaho’s College of Graduate Studies and Graduate and Professional Student Association select one faculty member each year to receive this award in recognition of excellence in mentoring graduate students. 
    • USDA Forest Service, Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research Award, 2009. This award, presented in Washington, DC, by the Chief of the Forest Service, recognizes outstanding contributions to wilderness science, based on creativity, effectiveness in addressing stewardship issues, and ability to communicate results to management.
    • University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources Outstanding Research Award, 2005. In recognition of my extensive program of wilderness research, including nine separate studies, along with my research in environmental communication, I received the CNR Outstanding Research Award in 2005.
    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence, 2004.