Leave No Trace Scientists

Scientist Bios: Megan Dolman

About Megan:

Meg Dolman is a PhD candidate with the Human-Environment Systems group at Boise State University. Her research focuses on studying interactions between humans and their environment, with a specific emphasis on disturbance ecology, recreation ecology, and human behavior. Meg holds a M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, and a B.S. in Physical Geography from Royal Holloway University of London.

In collaboration with Dr. Jeff Marion, Meg investigates how people inadvertently spread invasive non-native plant species along recreational trails. Her research suggests best practices for minimizing the introduction and spread of invasive non-native plants in recreational and protected areas. She is particularly interested in understanding how hikers perceive and adhere to Leave No Trace principles, and she aims to identify factors that might encourage people to adopt behaviors and practices to help minimize the spread of invasive non-native plant species. Meg’s Leave No Trace related research was inspired by her successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Beyond her specific research interests, Meg is interested in science communication and education.

“My work promotes mindful recreation to minimize invasive non-native species introduction and spread. Leave No Trace not only promotes responsible, sustainable outdoor recreation but also protects our environments through conservation efforts.”

-Megan Dolman 

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