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Tom Beery

Resilience Specialist

Tom is a social scientist and an educator with Minnesota Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His research focuses on human-environment relationships, including cultural ecosystem services, human aspects of green infrastructure, human connectedness to nature and human response to climate change. Tom's teaching and outreach are focused on climate mitigation and adaptation.

Social and ecological resilience are grounded in human-environment relationships and a better understanding of social and ecological systems may enable us to better solve environmental problems in creative and innovative ways.

The great challenge to developing community and personal resilience is developing a better understanding of human behavior. A key part of this challenge is seeking positive solutions to environmental problems that help people understand their essential connections with the natural world.

Research Interests

  • Human connectedness to nature.
  • Green infrastructure. Green infrastructure include networks of natural areas and environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services such as water purification, air quality, space for recreation and climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Cultural ecosystem services such as recreational benefits, heritage values, and cultural identity.
  • The role of outdoor recreation in biodiversity conservation.
  • Use of the landscape perspective/relational discourse in outdoor and environmental education.
  • Human response to climate change.
  • How to better communicate the interplay of natural environments and human culture in outdoor and environmental education.


Post Doctorate
Man and Biosphere Health, University of Kristianstad, Sweden
ED.D. Education, Teaching and Learning
University of Minnesota Duluth
M.S. Environmental Education
University of Minnesota Duluth
B.S. Education
University of Wisconsin Madison

In The News

Cold Snap Raises Question: What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
>> WTIP Radio Click for audio (1/2018)
Recreational Boater Safety Survey Results from the Port of Duluth-Superior
Commercial Harbor
>> Survey Results Click for PDF (11/2017)
Planning for Resilience: Urban Density
>> Sea Grant Files Click for audio Click for PDF (11/2017)
New Planning Course Offered to Twin Ports Recreational Professionals
>> News Release (9/2017)
Lake Superior Project: Study Focuses on Potential Impacts of Climate Change
Along the North Shore
>> WTIP Radio Click for audio (7/2017)

Recent Publications

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