Current Projects

Pigeon River Watershed Resident Survey

This project assesses knowledge about water quality and sources of pollution among residents in the Pigeon River Watershed. The survey also evaluates use of best management practices for protecting water quality and interest in participating in future cost share programs offered by the Ottawa Conservation District. 

Pigeon River Watershed Survey

Macatawa Watershed Residential/Agricultural Survey

This project evaluates knowledge and implementation of best management practices for improving water quality in the Macatawa Watershed through mail surveys of residents living in the watershed. The survey assesses stakeholder attitudes and knowledge about water quality, use of best management practices, and engagement with Project Clarity. 

Macatawa Watershed Survey

My Muskegon Lake Survey

This project evaluates Muskegon residents’ uses of and relationship with Muskegon Lake through a survey of a random sample of residents in the City of Muskegon, Michigan. The purpose of this study is to learn about residents’ preferences for features at public access areas on the lake, assess residents’ perceptions of water quality and knowledge of current restoration efforts, and identify what keeps people from visiting Muskegon Lake or participating in shoreline stewardship activities. 

My Muskegon Lake Survey

My White Lake Survey

This Student Summer Scholars Project, conducted by Rylie Dorman (BS in Natural Resources Management) uses data from a survey of residents in the White Lake Area to understand how people’s relationship to a lake with an industrial legacy is affected by participation in the Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) restoration process. Following delisting of White Lake as an AOC in 2014, this study explores whether people’s relationship with their environment can recover after severe contamination. 

My White Lake Survey

Intergenerational Transfers between Aging Parents and their Adult Children

Dr. Hammersmith's current research uses secondary data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine how:

  1. An older adult's partnership status (married versus cohabiting) is linked to expectations of help with care needs from adult children.
  2. The biological relatedness of children is linked to whether or not aging parents expect adult children will help them with care needs in the future. 

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