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Dr. Jean Mangun is Professor and Dept. Head of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Siena. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University (1972) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Forestry and Natural Resources from Purdue University (1985, 1991). Her discipline-spanning training is reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of her research. At Siena, this expertise translates into teaching courses designed to prepare future environmental professionals to frame issues from multiple perspectives so that they can build collaborative solutions. 

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University
M.S. Forestry and Natural Resources Purdue University
B.S. Bio-chemical Engineering Columbia University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 My goal is to create a support system that fosters active learning while enhancing students’ critical thinking abilities and communication skills. I regularly assign group projects that require students to delegate, coordinate, and assume leadership roles. I feel privileged to help prepare the next generation of environmental professionals for the enormous challenges that they will face.

What I Love About Siena

I love to teach at Siena because it is not too large, it is not too small, it is just right... I know all the Environmental Studies and Sciences majors -- and they know me! 

My Favorite Courses to Teach

  • ENVA 420, Wildlife Conservation in Forested Ecosystems
  • ENVA 430, The Adirondack Environment
  • ENVA 440, Environmental Interpretation
I enjoy working with upperclassmen and watching them make connections as they integrate concepts learned in their earlier coursework.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2011 - Now Associate Dean of Science Siena College
2008 - Now Professor & Department Chair, Environmental Studies Siena College
2006 - 2008 Associate Professor & Assistant Department Chair, Forestry & Natural Resources Southern Illinois University
2001 - 2006 Associate Professor, Forestry & Natural Resources Southern Illinois University
1995 - 2001 Assistant Professor, Forestry & Natural Resources Southern Illinois University
1989 - 1995 Lecturer and Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology East Carolina University
1983 - 1991 Research Assistant & Graduate Instructor, Forestry & Natural Resources Purdue University
1974 - 1981 Project Specialist (Bioengineering), Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Instrumentation Systems Center University of Wisconsin
1972 - 1973 Junior Engineer, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital Cornell University

Current Research

The common theme that unifies my research has been characterizing the identity and dimension of human impacts and recreational demand on renewable natural resources. My recent studies have addressed public perception of predator population disperal, effects of climate change on ice fishing participation, and regional watershed planning efforts. My research involves integration of social science research techniques (including: design, execution and analysis of public opinion and attitude measurement surveys; focus group facilitation and qualitative data analysis through a grounded theory approach) into an interdisciplinary framework for environmental problem solving.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Building local community commitment to wetlands restoration: A case study of the Cache River Wetlands in southern Illinois, USA.
    Environmental Management, vol. 45
    2010
  • Constraints to watershed planning: Group structure and process
    Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), vol. 45
    2009
  • Neighbors yet strangers: Local people's awareness of Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, southern Illinois, USA
    Society and Natural Resources, vol. 22
    2009
  • Values of place: Measuring attitudes of community leaders toward scenes from rural landscapes
    Society and Natural Resources, vol. 22
    2009
  • Cultivating a community-based approach to restoration of the Cache River Wetlands in Southern Illinois
    The George Wright Society Biennial Conference of Parks, Protected Areas and Cultural Sites
    2008
  • A market segmentation analysis of cruise ship tourists visiting the Panama Canal Watershed: Opportunities for eco-tourism development
    Journal of Ecotourism, vol. 6
    2007
  • Assessing stakeholder perceptions: Listening to avid hunters of Western Kentucky
    Human Dimensions of Wildlife, vol. 12
    2007
  • Community stakeholders' attitudes towards ecosystem restoration goals and programs in southern Illinois' Cache River Wetlands
    Emerging Issues along Urban/Rural Interfaces 2: Linking land-use science and society
    2007
  • Evaluating place attachment and perceptions of forest management in southern Illinois communities
    Emerging Issues along Urban/Rural Interfaces 2: Linking land-use science and society
    2007
  • The former 'Goose Hunting Capital of the World': Southern Illinois hunting club owners' beliefs, attitudes, and responses associated with shifts in goose migration
    Human Dimensions of Wildlife, vol. 12
    2007
  • Agricultural sediment reduction by giant cane and forest riparian buffers
    Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, vol. 169
    2006
  • A New Generation of Public-Private Partnerships for Forest Conservation in the Urbanizing Tropics: Case Study of the Former Rodman Naval Base, Republic of Panama
    Emerging Issues along Urban/Rural Interfaces: Linking land-use science and society
    2005
  • Nutrient attenuation in agricultural surface runoff by riparian buffer zones in southern Illinois, USA
    Agroforestry Systems, vol. 64
    2005
  • Using GIS to Rank Forest Restoration Potential: Integrating Core Area, Edge Density and Bird Habitat Criteria in the Kaskaskia River Watershed
    Emerging Issues along Urban/Rural Interfaces: Linking land-use science and society
    2005
  • A GIS methodology for generating riparian tree planting recommendations
    Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, vol. 21
    2004
  • Wildlife watchers in the western United States: A structural approach for understanding policy change
    Human Dimensions of Wildlife, vol. 7
    2002
  • Homeowners' opinions on the practice and effects of topping trees
    Journal of Aboriculture, vol. 27
    2001
  • Influences of community characteristics on municipal tree ordinances in Illinois, U.S
    Journal of Aboriculture, vol. 27
    2001
  • Macrosociological inquiry and sport fishing
    Society and Natural Resources, vol. 14
    2001
  • Effects of grassland management on Henslow's sparrow, Ammodramus henslowii, (Fringillidae), Populations in eastern North Carolina
    Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, vol. 116
    2000
  • Profiling existing markets: The Illinois secondary solid wood products industry
    Forest Products Journal, vol. 50
    2000
  • The public and the commenting process for the proposed Grand Kankakee Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
    Transactions North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
    2000
  • Valuing Red Wolf Recovery Efforts at Alligator River, NWR:Measuring Citizen Support
    Wolves of America Conference Proceedings
    1997
  • Trends in recreational fishing
    International Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Trends Symposium
    1995
  • An ecological approach to decision making in renewable resource management: Problems of politics and processes
    Policy Studies Journal, vol. 12
    1993
  • Intergovernmental dimensions in wildlife policy
    Policy Studies Journal, vol. 19
    1991
  • Southeastern nonconsumptive wildlife users and their support for nongame wildlife programs
    Southeastern Recreation Research Conference
    1988
  • Age of first hunting experience: results from a nationwide recreational survey
    Leisure Sciences, vol. 9
    1987
  • Nonconsumptive wildlife use in the midwest and southeast: Regional funding attitudes and implications for forestry
    Southern Forest Economics Workers-Midwest Forest Economists (SOFEW-MWFE)
    1987
  • Focused recreation use in riparian ecosystems: a taxonomy of user types. In Riparian Ecosystems and Their Management: Reconciling Conflicting Uses
    First North American Riparian Conference
    1985
  • Near-continuous monitoring of arterial gas tensions by gas chromatography: animal and initial clinical evaluations
    Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, vol. 12
    1977
  • Non-polarographic blood gas analysis II. In Vitro evaluation of gas chromatograph system
    Biomaterials, Medical Devices, and Artificial Organs, vol. 5
    1977
  • Blood gas analysis based on non-polarographic techniques
    European Society for Artificial Organs, vol. 3
    1976
  • Non-polarographic blood gas analysis I. In Vitro evaluation of gas chromatograph system
    Biomaterials, Medical Devices, and Artificial Organs, vol. 4
    1976
  • Variation in strength and structure of cancellous bone at the knee
    Orthopaedic Research Society, vol. 20
    1974
  • Variations in strength and structure of cancellous bone at the knee
    Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 7
    1974

Awards & Distinctions

  • SIUC College of Agricultural Sciences First Annual Outstanding Advisor Award
    Category: Teaching
    SIUC College of Agricultural Sciences First Annual Outstanding Advisor Award, 2008
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale 'Excellence through Commitment' Teaching Award Recipient,
    Category: Teaching
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale 'Excellence through Commitment' Teaching Award Recipient,, 2007

Presentations

  • Federal-state coordination in wildland fire mgmt. control in the western United States
    2010
    Western Social Sci. Assoc. (WSSA), Unknown, Unknown
  • Panel Chair: The importance of place in student learning Paper: Using ASL/CBR with natural resource undergraduates in southern Illinois
    2009
    Assoc. for Environmental Studies & Sciences (AESS), Unknown, Unknown
  • Believing is seeing: Social versus ecological reality of cougar (Puma concolor) presence in southern Illinois
    2008
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Dune buggies and bird eggs: Stakeholder beliefs and attitudes toward endangered species management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    2008
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • User group attitudes toward forest management treatments on the Shawnee National Forest: application of a photo-evaluation technique
    2008
    Central Hardwood Forest Conference (CHFC), Unknown, Unknown
  • Community collective action in ecosystem restoration of the Cache River Wetlands
    2007
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Community stakeholders' attitudes toward ecosystem restoration goals and programs in southern Illinois' Cache River Wetlands
    2007
    Auburn Univ., Unknown, Unknown
  • Environmental education and outreach as a component of successful ecosystem restoration in the Cache River Wetlands
    2007
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Evaluating place attachment and perceptions of forest management in southern Illinois communities
    2007
    Auburn Univ., Unknown, Unknown
  • Preventing catastrophic change to the western landscape: federal-state fire management and suppression coordination
    2007
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Restoring the Cache River Wetlands in southern Illinois through community-based conservation partnerships
    2007
    George Wright Society, Unknown, Unknown
  • Visions of Nature - more than meets the eye: Using autophotography to assess meanings and values that rural children derive from nature
    2007
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • A multi-criteria GIS analysis for ranking potential restoration areas in the fragmented Kaskaskia River Watershed bottomland hardwood forest
    2006
    Central Hardwood Forest Conference (CHFC), Unknown, Unknown
  • Conservation in the Kaskaskia Corridor: Understanding landowner perceptions of incentive programs
    2006
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Cruise ship tourists and sustainable heritage tourism opportunities in the Panama Canal Watershed
    2006
    Natl. Assoc. for Interpretation, Unknown, Unknown
  • Kentucky hunter perceptions of harvest regulations and their effects on white-tailed deer populations
    2006
    Central Hardwood Forest Conference (CHFC), Unknown, Unknown
  • Visions of nature: Participatory research and outreach with minority youth
    2006
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Waterfowl hunters in southern Illinois: Preferences and management perspectives
    2006
    Southeastern Recr. Research (SERR), Unknown, Unknown
  • A New Generation of Public-Private Partnerships for Forest Conservation in the Urbanizing Tropics: Case Study of the former Rodman Naval Base, Republic of Panama
    2005
    Auburn Univ., Unknown, Unknown
  • Assessing predator control alternatives for piping plover populations on the NC Outer Banks
    2005
    Midwest Fish & Wildlf. Conf, Unknown, Unknown
  • Conservation practice adoption behaviors among agricultural producers
    2005
    AWRA, Unknown, Unknown
  • Intergovernmental implementation of underground storage tank programs under the hazardous and solid waste amendments of 1984
    2005
    Western Social Sci. Assoc. (WSSA), Unknown, Unknown
  • Update on projects in the Kaskaskia Watershed
    2005
    Kaskaskia River/Shoal Creek Ecosystem Partnership, Unknown, Unknown
  • Using GIS to rank forest conservation and restoration potential: integrating core area, connectivity and bird habitat criteria in the Kaskaskia River Watershed
    2005
    Auburn Univ., Unknown, Unknown
  • Wildlife Watchers in Illinois: Trip Characteristics and Site Preferences
    2005
    Midwest Fish & Wildlf. Conf, Unknown, Unknown
  • Development of a spatially explicit land use/economic impact assessment model
    2004
    Central Hardwood Forest Conference (CHFC), Unknown, Unknown
  • Environmental partnerships serving America's communities: The USDA Resource Conservation and Development Program
    2004
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Maple syrup production from riparian silver maple and upland sugar maple trees in southern Illinois
    2004
    Central Hardwood Forest Conference (CHFC), Unknown, Unknown
  • Proactive Watershed Stewardship: Enhancing Landowner Ownership of the Management Plan Process
    2004
    Intl. Assoc. for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR), Unknown, Unknown
  • Proactive watershed stewardship: Enhancing landowner ownership of the management plan process
    2004
    Illinois Water Conf., Unknown, Unknown
  • Stakeholder perception of harvest regulation effects on white-tailed deer population composition
    2004
    Midwest Fish & Wildlf. Conf, Unknown, Unknown
  • Using factor analysis to segment tourists who visit the Panama Canal watershed region via cruise ship
    2004
    Northeastern Recr. Research (NERR), Unknown, Unknown
  • A GIS approach to prioritize private landholdings in the Lower Kaskaskia River Corridor incorporating migratory bird habitat criteria
    2003
    Midwest Fish & Wildlf. Conf, Unknown, Unknown
  • Assessing cruise ship tourists' attitudes toward protecting the Panama Canal Watershed
    2003
    American Watershed Research Assoc., Unknown, Unknown