Department: W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation
University System: University of Montana - Missoula
I earned my Ph.D. in Geography in 2006 from the University of Georgia where I studied the local effects of global conservation policy in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India. My current position is Professor of Nature-Based Tourism and Recreation in the Department of Society and Conservation, W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. My research interests are broadly centered on the intersection of conservation and development, and as such, I often study nature-based tourism and sustainable tourism in the context of development and protected areas. My research projects include; ecotourism and environmental justice in India, scientific tourism in Chile, and geotourism in Montana.
Aside from tourism, I conduct research on climate change impacts and adaptations among indigenous people in the Himalaya, private protected areas in Chile, and conservation and development initiatives in Montana. I am fortunate enough to travel all over the world conducting courses and workshops on protected area planning and management where I get to understand the challenges facing protected area managers, particularly in developing countries. Within the College, I direct the International Conservation and Development (ICD) MS option, the International Seminar on Protected area Management (ISPAM), and the Protected Area Management Distance Education Program (PAMDEP) Graduate Certificate. Finally, my wife Laura and I founded and run the Nature-Link Institute, a 501(c)3 that seeks to reconnect people with their environment through research, education, and advocacy.