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Name: Chandler, Ron
Title: Lecturer
Organization: Department of Psychology
Education: PhD, 2014
Office Address: 945 Center Drive PO Box 112250 Gaineville, FL 32611-2250
Email: ronchandler@ufl.edu
Telephone: 352.215.8400

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Dr. Chandler holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Walden University at University of Minnesota, a Masters in Limnology and Aquatic Chemistry from Texas State University, and Bachelors in Aquatic Ecology & Wildlife Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has 25 years of experience in various fields of environmental science including limnology, hydrology, and ecology, and 10 years of experience in education and research in psychology, urban ecology, and sustainability. He is an instructor at University of Florida, Department of Psychology, and President, Co-founder, and Co-PI for Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant. Dr. Chandler is developing Sustainability Psychology as a new approach to education and research for social change and sustainability. Sustainability Psychology bridges built ecology with the biophysical, environmental, and social sciences, and focuses on the relationship of human dignity with sustainability. It is his contention that to the extent we can resolve factors negatively affecting individual and societal experience of dignity it is to that extent that we can create and maintain a sustainable human ecology. Dr. Chandler is conducting ongoing research in NE India in collaboration with social and environmental scientists at TATA Institute of Social Sciences, conservation lands management agencies such as Department of Forests in India, Wildlife Institute of India, and UNESCO. This research seeks to understand and explain indigenous peoples’ experience of landscape, wildlife, and water resources in context of culture, and through their perspective to develop resilient solutions to factors affecting their sustainability. Understanding the psychology of community-based conservation programs is also of interest to him.

Keywords: Psychology of sustainability; Sustainability education ; Water democracy; Human dignity; Indigenous rights and natural resources; Non-human animal dignity; Elephant conservation ; Human-elephant conflict resolution