Under the umbrella of natural resource management, my research focuses on evaluating stakeholder decision-making and management strategies, applying the behavioral economic and management theories of Common Pool Resources and Adaptive Management to Non-Timber Forest Products and Ecosystem Services. My research asks what contextual characteristics and policy or management strategies influence or correlate with natural resource management activities. I use remote sensing and GIS techniques to describe land use and land cover changes and qualitative interview analysis to assess market chain interactions and motivations. To explain environmental impacts and responses to policy and management decisions, I combine social and natural science data in variable importance and causal inference models
As part of a National Science Foundation funded program called Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER), I have been testing the efficacy of classroom activities in achieving teaching and learning goals. Specifically my current project responds to a recently revealed disconnects between environmental science instructors’ learning goals and student learning. Under my supervision and direction, a STEM undergraduate with graduate school aspirations is analyzing survey data from 400 undergraduate students and 8 laboratory instructors. We currently have one publication in the Athens Journal of Education and expect to submit a second to the Journal of College Science Teaching by the end of 2016.
Wallen, K. E., and C. L. Romulo. 2017. Social norms: more details, please. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704451114
Huber-Stearns, H., Bennet, D., Richards, R., Romulo, C., Cousins, S., and Hoyle, J. 2017.Social-Ecological Enabling Conditions for Environmental Policies: A Review of Current Dialogues with an Illustrative Focus on Payments for Ecosystem Services. Ecology and Society. 22(1):18. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08979-220118
Virapongse, A., Endress, B.A., Gilmore, M.P., Horn, C. and C. Romulo. 2017. Ecology, livelihoods, and management of the Mauritia flexuosa palm in South America. Global Ecology and Conservation, 10, pp.70-92.
Nelson, J., Gerasimova, D., Samaras, A., Bland, L., Hjalmarson, M., Kester, M., Romulo, C., Battistini, A., Crowell, A., Ericson, R. and Ewell, M., 2016, July. Implementation of interactive teaching strategies across STEM disciplines. In Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference Proceedings (Vol. 8, p. 2).
Schwebach, J.R., Gerasimova, D., Luther, D.A., Verhoeven, A.B., Davis, C., Gostel, M., Romulo, C., Schreffler, L., Seshaiyer, P., Nelson, J.K. 2016.Advancing Graduate Education and Faculty Development with Discipline Based Education Research and the SIMPLE Framework: Design Memos in Biology for Active Teaching. Athens J. of Education