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.
I will be joining the faculty of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in fall, 2014. I received a Ph.D. from the Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University and certificate in the Applied Biodiversity Sciences National Science Foundation-Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) Program. I also earned a M.S. from my work with the Park Studies Laboratory at the University of Vermont. My primary interests include: