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Garry Sotnik - Systems Science - Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar, Human-forest interactions in Ukraine
Garry Sotnik - Systems Science - Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar, Human-forest interactions in Ukraine

Language is not only a communication tool. It is also a window into a people's past, present, and possibly even future. I observed this first hand in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains, where I led a research team in collecting local knowledge regarding human-forest interactions. The research was part of my dissertation work in the Systems Science Program at PSU and was funded by a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. State Department. The local knowledge was used in a computer-based decision support system developed to help local forest managers and community members identify socially- and ecologically-sustainable forest use practices.