Aaron Thompson, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor 

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-2278
E-mail: aaron.thompson@uwsp.edu
Office: TNR 207


Aaron W. Thompson, Ph.D, is a landscape planner whose work focuses on using applied social-ecological science research to achieve better decision making at the interface of land use planning and natural resource management. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a land use specialist with UW-Extension. In this role he works to support collaborative, stakeholder-driven planning by consulting with state and local governments, land trusts, and community organizations. As part of his instruction Aaron frequently leads projects that engage students in service learning initiatives to enhance community capacity to address sustainable development and resource management challenges. His research seeks to understand key attitudinal characteristics that motivate agricultural landowners to engage in conservation efforts, to expand the use of spatial analysis techniques to visualize and respond to land use trends, and to identify pathways for improving public participation in the planning process.     

  • B.S. Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
  • M.S. Natural Resource Planning, Purdue University
  • Ph.D. Natural Resource Social Science, Purdue University

Professional Affiliations

  • Adviser for the Students for Sustainability
  • Adviser for the Land Conservation Society student group
  • President, North Central Conservancy Trust Board of Directors