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We study People, Land Use and Society (PLUS). The PLUS lab is directed by Dr. John Tyndall, a natural resource economist and social scientist with broad interests in environmental and natural resource economics, policy and sociology within forestry and agriculture. 


Research from our lab to date has emphasized:

  • Sociology and economics of ecosystem service management in agricultural, urban and forested landscapes;
  • Socio-economics of conservation technology emphasizing the mitigation of water and air quality impacts;
  • Natural resource and environmental quality management in rural/urban interfaces;
  • Nonmarket valuation studies involving environmental quality enhancement and/or protection in agricultural settings; and
  • Forest management issues in regions with limited yet vital forest resources.

 Explore our past and on-going projects and meet those dedicated students and professionals who work in our lab!


If you have questions about our lab and projects, you can reach John Tyndall at: 515-294-4912;  Or for general inquiries about our department, contact the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.