Dr. Gail Hansen
Dr. Hansen’s research activities focus on landscape performance metrics and strategies for aligning visual quality and environmental function of Florida-Friendly landscapes and stormwater ponds. Activities include collecting performance metrics for Florida-Friendly and traditional Florida landscapes to assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts of each landscape. Landscape research plots that replicate Florida-Friendly and traditional landscapes are used to collect environmental and economic data, including water use and maintenance inputs. Focus groups are used to collect social data about preferences, perceptions, and attitudes about Florida-Friendly landscapes to develop policies and approaches for extension programs to promote behavior change.