Teel studies human values toward wildlife, attitudes and behaviors toward wildlife-related issues, and the social factors underlying human-wildlife conflict. Her work focuses on improving conservation decision-making through building social science capacity among conservation professionals, and examining human-wildlife relationships in the U.S. and globally.
Teel works closely with conservation agencies and organizations in the application of social science to inform their planning, management and communication efforts. She has organized a number of social science trainings for practitioners, including a human dimensions certification program for wildlife professionals in North America and a training program emphasizing best practices in protected area management and conservation social science for forest service officers in India.
She received her Ph.D. in human dimensions of natural resources from CSU, with emphasis in social psychology, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in fisheries and wildlife management from Utah State University.