Seth Lutter

M.S. Student

Seth is a Masters student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. He joined the Dayer lab in the fall of 2016 to study the human dimensions of early successional habitat conservation on private lands. Growing up among the beautiful lakes, gorges, and woodlands of upstate New York instilled Seth with a deep interest in understanding and conserving the natural world. Following this inspiration he attended Cornell University, where he obtained a B.S. in Natural Resources with magna cum laude honors in 2015. As an undergraduate Seth contributed to ecological research projects at the Arnot Forest in New York and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. After graduating from Cornell, Seth worked as a field technician in the Dominican Republic and as an environmental educator at Bald Head Island, North Carolina. While he was first introduced to the field of human dimensions during his time at Cornell, these work experiences cemented Seth’s interest in understanding human interactions with the environment. Seth believes that human dimensions research is critical for understanding social ecological systems and for informing sustainable conservation outcomes that benefit people and the environment.