Ally Steinmetz

B.A. Oregon State University, 2012

At Oregon State University-Bend, I completed a degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish. As part of a study abroad experience I conducted independent field research on ancient agricultural methods in the Bolivian Amazon. After graduating, I worked as a field technician monitoring American Pika, interviewed ranchers in Southeastern Oregon, and volunteered with The Nature Conservancy on a range monitoring project on the Zumwalt Prairie. I spent the last several years working for the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council on rural economic development projects related to community wildfire protection and local food, and I was part of the Ochoco and Deschutes Forest Collaborative Groups. My thesis research will use ethnographic research to better understand how conservation programs fit into the lives of ranchers.

Research Interests:

  • Working landscapes
  • Private lands conservation
  • Rural Sociology
  • Human-centered design

Current Projects:

  • Understanding factors that influence private landowner participation in conservation programs.

Other Interests:
I love to hike, backpack, mountain bike, ski, and ride horses. I also enjoy collecting rocks, looking for antiques, and taking photos of landscapes, people, and animals.