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The Nature Relatedness Lab

Completed Theses


Sommerfeld, J. (2022). Family experiences in nature: How parents may influence their children's exposure to the natural environment.


McCutcheon, R. (2022). Green leadership in the classroom: Investigating teachers’ environmental leadership, well-being, impressions of nature, and motivation to take students outdoors.

Scheltens, T. (2021). Individual differences in human tolerance for wildlife and the role of nature relatedness.

Hooke-Wood, F. (2020). A comparison of nature activities: Citizen science, environmental education, and mere nature exposure.


Lachance, D. (2020). What nature is best?: Testing the effects of green and blue space on mood and environmental concern.


Tejpar, L. M. (2018). Gratitude is in our nature: How mindful appreciation of nature affects well-being.


Pasinetti, J. (2017). Sweat it out: Attitudes and decision making surrounding ethical garments.

B.A./B.Sc. Honours


St. Germaine, N. (2022). Who benefits most from nature? Exploring how connection to nature and environmental characteristics influence the subjective well-being benefits of nature contact.

Ward, C. (2022). Effects of animal characteristics on an individual’s emotional reactions to memorable wildlife experiences. (S. Rutherford co-supervisor)


Thibert, C. (2021). Exploring representations of racial diversity in nature-based media.

Bell, A. (2021). Nature and stress: The joint role of nature connectedness and nature contact on student well-being in a pandemic.

Craymer, C. (2020). The mood effects of viewing familiar and exotic wildlife images.


Sheppard, H. (2020). Art in nature: Connecting humans and nature through creativity.


Hooke-Wood, A. (2018). Types of nature and their effects on well-being.


Scheltens, T. (2017). Nature relatedness and human perceptions of wildlife.


Caldwell, D. (2016). The influence of wildlife perspective taking on environmental concern.


Shaw, D. (2016). Relationships between neighbourhood trees and well-being.


Lachance, D. (2014).  Nature and self-regulation: Exploring the influence of nature contact on impulse control in a student sample.


Paton, I. (2014). University outdoor and environmental education courses’ effect on conservation values, nature connectedness and well-being.


Sinclair, V. (2014). Students and nature: The link between time outdoors and wellbeing.


Finney, L. (2013).  The hidden value of viewing nature during exercise: Affective forecasting, green exercise, and well-being.


Brown, G. (2013).  The consequences of disconnection and connection to nature: The links between nature relatedness, materialism, and wellbeing.

Research Assistant Alumni

Neve Albrough

Hailey Caravaggio

Katja Drost

Alena Lawrence

Cameron Moniz Tarle

Chelsea Newman

Meagan Quesnelle

Brianna Robinson

Alannis Turner

Jacob VanHaaften

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