Dr Scott Ogletree works to understand how urban woodlands impact mental health and child development using secondary datasets. He is interested in how natural environments influence society and uses computational tools to explore these relationships. Scott completed his PhD at Clemson University, USA and followed that with a Postdoctoral position at North Carolina State University, USA working with Dr. Myron Floyd and Dr. Aaron Hipp. He also completed a Masters in Landscape Architecture at Clemson University and a Bachelors in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Georgia, USA. He has research experience in conservation planning, physical activity, and quantitative methods.
Greenspaces, parks, and open spaces are important components of cities and have received renewed interest during life under the coronavirus pandemic. A growing body of research links these spaces to many benefits – from reduced stress to better wellbeing to increased physical activity. Our ways of measuring and evaluating greenspaces involve many tools to assess quantity and quality. In this talk I will cover how current research learns about greenspace to better understand the quantities and qualities of these landscape features. Examples of projects will illustrate some of these methods. While quantification is a common and useful outcome, it is the quality and design of greenspaces that play a vital role in connecting people to place.