Tidball, Keith G.

Senior Extension Associate
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Dr. Tidball’s research and extension work is focused on better understanding how to amplify recruitment of citizen conservationists and the development of a 21st century land ethic, elements he theorizes are critical to both community and social-ecological resilience. He has focused specifically on three related domains, areas that he believes yield particularly rich and important insights into what might constitute portals or entry-points for citizens of the 21st century into developing a land ethic and engaging in civic ecology practices. The first deals with how societies and individuals use nature and outdoor recreation to recover from traumatic large scale events such as major disasters or war. This work includes in-depth studies of veterans and their use of outdoor recreation (particularly hunting and fishing) to heal and reintegrate into peaceful society, environmental activism after large disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy or the recent triple disasters in Japan, and post-conflict greening, among others. The second domain encompasses theoretical research akin to fields such as environmental philosophy and environmental psychology, and interrogates the human-nature dichotomy prevalent in western thought, motivations and mechanisms at work among individuals and social groups in peopled landscapes that engage in conservation activities, and how memories, meanings, and symbols influence the development and expression of conservation behaviors and a land ethic. The third domain explores fundamental questions about human nature and human development from the standpoint of the most basic activities of all omnivores, acquiring protein. This domain is concerned with how people of the 21st century may be developing a new “portal” into the land ethic and conservation behaviors via extending the locavore movement to hunting, fishing and the preparation and consumption of wild-caught fish and game. This “coming full circle” and its relation to social-ecological resilience is a key object of study in Tidball’s work in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University where he serves as Senior Extension Associate, Associate Director of the Civic Ecology Lab and Program Leader for the Nature & Human Security Program within the Civic Ecology Lab. He is also the State Coordinator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension NY Extension Disaster Education Network, and the Cornell University campus liaison to the NY State 4H Shooting Sports Program.

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administrative responsibilities

  • Associate Director of the Initiative for Civic Ecology