Keith Tidball, PhD
Senior Extension Associate and Assistant Director for Veterans & Military Families at Cornell Cooperative Extension
Keith is an environmental anthropologist and naturalist focused on better understanding how to amplify the recruitment of citizen conservationists and the development of a 21st-century land ethic. His work features efforts to locate and explore portals and pathways into conservation behaviors. Grounded in cultural anthropology, disturbance ecology, and environmental psychology, he approaches this challenge via his integrated research and extension work exploring the dynamics of natural resource management in the contexts of trauma, disturbance, disasters, and war. Experiences in the military and in the field of international disaster response and relief inform his unique brand of applied scholarship, including stints throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Tidball’s doctoral work focused on the role of community-based natural resource management in the Post-Katrina resilience of New Orleans, and he continues to work in post-disaster contexts globally, as well as in disaster readiness, resilience, and response. He also studies how outdoor recreation contributes to and enhances resilience and recovery for those that have experienced trauma, especially combat-wounded veterans, first responders, and disaster survivors.
Keith Tidball serves on the faculty of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a Senior Extension Associate at Cornell University. He is also the Assistant Director for Veterans & Military Families, Disaster Education, and Environment and Natural Resources at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Tidball serves as the Principal Investigator for the OneOp Community Capacity Building team.