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Carla Koons Trentelman

Company: Weber State University

Position: Professor of Sociology

Expert Overview

I teach sociology at a primarily undergraduate university, a teaching and learning school. Among other classes, I teach an environmental and natural resource sociology course, and have also taught the sociology of water. My research has focused on Great Salt Lake, and in studies working with undergraduate students, on perspectives about water, water use and conservation here on campus. I have been a member of IASNR since 2002.


Trentelman, Carla Koons. 2020. “Relationships between Humans and Great Salt Lake: Dynamics of Change.” Pp. 63-86 in Baxter, B.K and Butler, J.K., eds. Great Salt Lake Biology: A Terminal Lake in a Time of Change. Springer, Netherlands. (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40352-2_3)

Trentelman, Carla Koons, Jessica Irwin, Kyle A. Petersen, Nallely Ruiz, and Caitlin S. Szalay. 2016. “The Case for Personal Interaction: Drop-Off/Pick-up Methodology for Survey Research.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences. 31(3):68-104.

Jackson-Smith, Douglas, Courtney G. Flint, Mallory Dolan, Carla Trentelman, Grant Holyoak, and Blake Thomas. 2016. “Effectiveness of the Drop-Off/Pick-Up Survey Methodology in Different Neighborhood Types.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences. 31(3):35-67.

Carla Koons Trentelman. 2011. “Place Dynamics in a Mixed Amenity Place: Great Salt Lake, Utah.” Human Ecology Review. 18(2):126-138.

Trentelman, Carla Koons. 2009. “Place Attachment and Community Attachment: A Primer Grounded in the Lived Experience of a Community Sociologist.” Society and Natural Resources. 22(3):191-210.


Ph.D. in Sociology, Utah State University, 2009
MS in Sociology, Utah State University, 2004
BGS, Sociology/Social Work/Political Science, 1982