Rebecca Gruby leading project focused on the human dimensions of large marine protected areas

Rebecca Gruby, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, is leading a research and outreach project focused on the human dimensions of large marine protected areas.
The project includes case studies in Bermuda, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Kiribati.
In February 2017, Dr. Gruby met with Palau’s president, H.E. President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., to discuss her research on Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary. For more information on this project, please see:


Frontiers of Conservation Social Science

We are excited to announce the speakers for the Spring 2017 Series Frontiers of Conservation Social Science! Please join us Fridays from 1pm to 2pm to engage in a variety of presentations!

Vail Resorts executive joins tourism faculty

Mark Gasta, former executive vice president of Vail Resorts, has joined the faculty of the Colorado State University Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources to teach in the Master of Tourism Management program.
Gasta brings more than 20 years of experience as a corporate human resources professional creating authentic guest experiences and an engaged workforce, as well as his passion for the environment into the classroom.
“It’s always been my passion to help grow leaders that can make a positive difference in the world,” Gasta said.
Gasta joined Vail Resorts in January 2008 as a senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Previously, he held human resources management positions for Comcast Communications, AT&T Broadband, Lexis-Nexis and Target Corporation. He also served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer and aviator.