* biodiversity conservation * sustainable development *
* ECOTOURISMOLOGY LAB *
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management
Courtesy Appointment in Anthropology
Scholar-in-Residence, Sustainability Institute
Faculty-in-Charge, Minor in Sustainability Leadership
Penn State Institute for Energy and Environment
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources & the Environment
Protected Areas Research Collaborative (PARC)
Latin American Studies Program
Center for Human Ecology (CHE)
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
My primary interests lie at the intersections of environmental anthropology and the anthropology of tourism. I utilize ethnographic methods to conduct field research on the impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation, sustainable community development efforts, and rural livelihoods around parks and protected areas in Latin America and East Africa. I also leverage an interest in conservation psychology into research on the ways that travel to nature-based destinations influences one’s subsequent pro-environmental behavior, including conservation-oriented travel philanthropy. Collectively, I refer to these research interests as ecotourismology, and this website features the work I am conducting with students and colleagues in these research areas. For more information about these interests, check out the Research, Teaching and Publications tabs above. Our work can also be followed on Academia.edu and ResearchGate.net.
At Penn St. my teaching corresponds to these interests. The on-campus and field courses I have taught focus on nature-based tourism, social and environmental sustainability, community development, the environmental conservation, and qualitative research methods. I currently serve as the Faculty-in-charge of the Sustainability Leadership minor at Penn State and faculty co-leader of the Penn State Parks and People Tanzania field course.
Graduate students interested in pursuing advanced study in these interest areas are encouraged to further review information about the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE) program and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, including the RPTM Graduate Handbook. Other individuals interested more broadly in the activities of our department may access the RPTM 2015-2019 Strategic Plan here.