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Cassandra Johnson Gaither

Research Social Scientist
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
Phone: 706-559-4270

Current Research

Ethnic perceptions of natural environments; outdoor recreation behavior and preferences for minority groups.

Research Interests

Social vulnerability and resource use and perceptions


Ph.D. in Sociology, 2001
University of Georgia
M.A. in Sociology, 1995
University of Georgia

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Research Highlights

Forests Important in Mitigating Heat-related Mortality (2014)
SRS-2014-166 This research seeks to understand the relationship between heat-related illness and forest type and composition. Forest Service scientists examined this association controlling for social vulnerabilities related to demographic and resource-based characteristics for all counties within the contiguous U.S. Heat-related mortality was modeled as a function of social vulnerability (i.e., age, urbanization, material disabilities), forest type, and forest density for all counties in the contiguous U.S.

Latino Community Access to Urban Green Space (2012)
SRS-2012-08 Addressing environmental justice in terms of access to urban green space for an immigrant community in Georgia

Report Investigates Connection Between Urban Green Spaces and Environmental Justice (2012)
SRS-2012-11 Ecosystem services from urban green spaces have numerous benefits for the landscape and public health

Wildfire and Social Vulnerability (2010)
SRS-2010-002 As part of a Joint Fire Science Project, SRS scientists examined the association between biophysical wildland fire risk and social vulnerability in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina-using data from the Southern Group of State Foresters' Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment and the U.S. Bureau of Census.

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