I am an applied social scientist with training in the human dimensions of natural resources management. My scholarship integrates multiple disciplines to examine how people interact with nature. I am particularly interested in the factors that shape environmental attitudes and human behavior, values that outdoor recreationists ascribe to ecosystem services, and the spatial dynamics of social-ecological systems. My research provides theoretical and practical implications that sustain and fulfill human life while benefiting biodiversity conservation in protected areas.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University studying with Dr. Gerard Kyle. I am also an Associate Student working toward a certificate in the Applied Biodiversity Sciences National Science Foundation-Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) Program. My primary interests include: