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I am broadly trained in physical, economic, and rural geography, as well as sustainability sciences, and I see the value in integrating these multiple perspectives in scholarship. My research interests involve the complexity of coupled social-ecological systems and the human dimensions of global change, specifically as they relate to rural areas, agriculture, natural resource extraction, and recreation and tourism. I am particularly interested in understanding how natural resource-dependent communities impact their local environment and how these impacts facilitate or hinder a transition towards sustainability.
As a human-environment geographer I straddle the worlds of physical and cultural geography, and use geospatial sciences to better understand the relationship between humans and the natural world. Because of my passion for both realms of geography (physical and cultural), I teach a wide variety of courses.
Sustainability; Socio-Ecological Systems; Rural; GIS; Resource Dependence; Mining; Iron Range; American West; Arctic
Bergstrom, R.D. and Harrington, L.M.B. 2019. Embedded in Nature: Challenges to Sustainability in Greater Yellowstone. Sustainability. 11:1459. DOI: 10.3390/su11051459
Bergstrom, R.D. and L.M.B. Harrington. 2018. Understanding Agents of Change in Amenity Gateways of the Greater Yellowstone Region. Journal of Community Development. 49(2): 145-160. DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2017.1416648
Bergstrom, R.D. 2017. The Curious Case of Cuyuna: Re-envisioning former extractive sites to stimulate local communities. Extractive Industries and Society. 4:860-868. DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2017.10.005
Weihs, B.J., R.D. Bergstrom, C. Ruffing, and K.K. McLauchlan. 2016. Woody Encroachment of a Riparian Corridor in a Tallgrass Prairie: Dendrochronological Evidence from Kansas, USA. Papers in Applied Geography. 2(1): 1-8. DOI: 10.1080/23754931.2015.1095791.
Kaczynski, A.T., S.A. Wilhelm Stanis, R.D. Bergstrom, K.B. Oestman, and N. Colabianchi. 2016. Exploring Sex Differences in the Relationship Between Park Proximity and Features and Youth Physical Activity. Children, Youth and Environment. 26(1): 56-84
Bergstrom, R.D., K.J. Hansen, S.V. Taylor. 2015. Back from the Brink: How Hunter’s Sustain Montana’s Wildlife. Papers in Applied Geography. 1(1): 103-110.