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Kenneth E. Wallen
Assistant Professor


P.O. Box 3468
110 University Ct.

Monticello, AR 71655


Phone: 870.460.1494

Fax: 870.460.1092


B.A. Truman State University (2007), Psychology
M.S. Oklahoma State University (2010), Zoology
Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2017), Human Dimensions of Natural Resources 

Research Interests

Human behavior is the cause of many contemporary natural resource issues but also represents the means by which solutions to those issues will more readily succeed. To explore human behavior—its antecedents, constraints and affordances, context-specific nature, and strategies to change it—my research uses theory from social psychology and other social/behavioral sciences in conjunction with survey research, experimental design, geographic information systems, and latent variable modeling methods. My research focuses on individual and group behavior alongside associated cognitive and social processes, with a particular concentration on norms, institutions, and values, in the context of natural resource management and conservation. As such, my research is situated within the interdisciplinary fields of the human dimensions of natural resources, environmental and conservation psychology, and natural resource communications.

Current Projects

Exploring Research and Theory in the Conservation Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Team Research and Graduate Education and Training
Human Dimensions of Invasive Species Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Recreation
Human Dimensions of Environmental Change in the Peruvian Andes
Human Dimensions of the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Courses Taught

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (NRM 2023)
Seminar: Natural Resource Communications (NRM 2061)

Selected Publications

Wallen, K. E., & Daut, E. F. (2017). Exploring social influence and social marketing to reduce consumer demand for illegal wildlife. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 6(1), 3–15.  

Wallen, K. E., & Romulo, C. L. (2017). Social norms: more details, please. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 117(27), E5283–E5284. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704451114.  

Wallen, K. E. (2017). Focusing on structure and process to integrate and mainstream the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology, 31(3), 724–726. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12871.  

Morris, E., van Riper, C. J., Kyle, G. T., Wallen, K. E., & Absher, J. D. (2017). Accounting for gender in a study of the motivation-involvement relationship. Leisure Sciences. doi:10.1080/01490400.2016.1256799.  

Wallen, K. E., Landon, A. C., Kyle, G. T., Schuett, M. A., Leitz, J., & Kurzawski, K. (2016). Mode effect and response rate issues in mixed-mode survey research: Implications for recreational fisheries management. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 36(4), 852–863. doi:10.1080/02755947.2016.1165764.  

van Riper, C. J., Wallen, K. E., Landon, A. C., Petriello, M. A., Kyle, G. T., & Absher, J. D. (2016). Modeling the trust-risk relationship in a wildland recreation setting: A social exchange perspective. Journal of Outdoor Recreations and Tourism, 14, 1–11. doi:10.1016/j.jort.2016.03.001.  

Petriello, M. A. & Wallen, K. E. (2015). Integrative reflections on the new conservation science debate. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24, 1549–1551. doi:10.1007/s10531-015-0874-z.

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UA Division of Agriculture  -  Agricultural Experiment Station  -  Cooperative Extension Service  -  School of Forest Resources  -  UA-Monticello

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