Ms. Ann Hildner
<b>Department: </b>Landscape Architecture<br><b>Research Area: </b>Re-engagement with our wooded natural heritage.
Department: Landscape Architecture
Research Focus: I am interested in encouraging and advocating for meaningful re-engagement with our wooded natural heritage.
Potential Student Project(s):
- Focus on the Forest
I am interested in encouraging and advocating for meaningful re-engagement with our wooded natural heritage. This particular project is focused on the widely accepted therapeutic strategy that interaction with nature can be an effective antidote to stress and contribute to overall well-being. And the question it asks "is it possible to design a tool that helps people achieve a more nuanced depth of experience leading to an increased restorative effect"? The intended deliverable is the design of a field guide template that uses both visual (photographic data) and verbal images and is organized around the nuanced aspects of the vegetative components of the forest.
- Curating Woodland Experiences - Case Studies
Contributing to the development of a framework of thought on best practices in curating woodland experiences will be accomplished by investigating and generating case studies of successful woodland restorations.
This is important as design and natural resource professionals often encounter degraded remnants of woodlands in the course of projects and best practices are limited.
Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate:
- Interest in eastern deciduous woodland landscapes.
- Experience in exploring woodland and forest landscapes.
- Ability to focus on the details of forest and wooded landscapes.
- Interest in collaboration.
Mentoring Plan: The student will work on this project for 5 hours each week including one hour of 1-on-1 interaction with me.
- Field work and potentially travel involved.
- Willing to collaborate on developing a nuanced and poetic language related to the forest and woodland natural resource details.
- Willing to do research on successful woodland restorations toward generating a comprehensive case study.
Contact: 317-496-1398, AB 230