Shelby Gull

Director of Evaluation & Project Management

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • Ph.D. in Forestry, North Carolina State University, 2010
  • M.Ed. in Science Education, North Carolina State University, 2006
  • B.S. in Science Education (Earth Sciences), North Carolina State University, 2001

Prior Relevant Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, 2015-2019
  • Lecturer, Charles Sturt University, School of Environmental Sciences, 2012-2014
  • Post-Doc, Auburn University at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, 2011-2012
  • It’s Our Water! Coordinator, NC Division of Water Resources, 2005-2009
  • High School Science Teacher, Garner Magnet High School, 2001-2005

Research & Professional Interests

Dr. Shelby Gull’s research focuses on the connections that people make with the natural world, including physical, mental and spiritual connections. She also works to help scientists and educators think about the world and nature from diverse perspectives to build inclusivity, and is very interested in research that focuses on the healing aspects of building relationships and community through engagement with the natural world. Professionally Dr. Gull spends a great deal of time building connections between people, resources, community, and nature.

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Shortt, M.A., Laird, S.G., Stephens Williams, P., & Darville, R. (2019). The Impact of Appropriate Interpersonal Touch (AIT) via Handshake on Perceived Credibility of Interpreter and Message. Journal of Interpretation Research, 23(2).
  • McFarland, L., Laird, S.G. (2018). Parents' and Early Childhood Educators' Attitudes and Practices in Relation to Children's Outdoor Risky Play. Early Childhood Education Journal, 46(2), 159-168.
  • Silva, P. & Laird, S.G. (2017). Adult Education. In A. Kudryavtsev & M.E. Krasny (Eds.), Urban Environmental Education Review, Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY.
  • Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., Dunphy, J. & Laird, S.G. (2016). The emerging field of environmental justice studies in Australia: reflections from an environmental community engagement program. Journal of Rural Studies, 47a, 359-368.
  • Laird, S.G., McFarland-Piazza, L. & Allen, S. (2014). Young children’s opportunities for unstructured environmental exploration of nature: Links to adults’ experiences in childhood. International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 2(1), 58-75.