I am an Assistant Professor in Nature-Based Recreation Management in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University and a recreation ecologist.
I received my Bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. My M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) are both in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management from Utah State University. From 2015 - 2016 I had a teaching-focused postdoc at Utah State.
My current research focuses on using interdisciplinary, often spatially-based, approaches to understand visitor movement and behaviors in parks and protected areas and the ecological consequences of those behaviors. Much of my work strives to make predictive models of visitor behavior and anticipate the response of various ecosystem components to the pressures of recreation.
I hope to not only advance the field of recreation management research but also provide park and protected area managers with useful new knowledge and tools. I hope that managers can use my research to better protect natural resources while continuing to provide quality recreation experiences to visitors in parks and protected areas.
Address: Oregon State University
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
321 Richardson Hall
Office: 318 Richardson Hall