Department Directory

Jim Barborak

Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management

Jim Barborak is a multilingual specialist in protected area planning and management with over 40 years experience in over 25 nations

Richard Berl

Ph.D. Student

Cultural evolution, cultural transmission, transmission biases, social learning

John Campbell

Graduate - Self Reported

Stuart Cottrell

Associate Prof., Sustainable Tourism, Coordinator of Global Tourism Concentration

Andrew Don Carlos

Research Associate III / Ph.D. Student

Jaz Dowling

Graduate - Self Reported

Esther Duke

Director of Special Projects and Programs

Ash Enrici

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ryan Finchum

Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management

Protected Area Management, Ecotourism, Environmental Interpretation, and Conservation Leadership

Mark Gasta

Associate Professor

Extensive experience in aligning innovative human capital solutions with business strategy resulting in the long-term prosperity of organizations. Passionate about developing purpose-driven leaders with the capacity to build sustainable organizations that create profit for stakeholders while protecting the environment and improving the lives of those with whom they interact. Committed to helping leverage tourism as a superior economic development tool and an avenue to protect and preserve wild places and threatened cultures.

Jacqie Hasan

Academic Support Coordinator

Megan Jones

Graduate Assistant

Garrett Lang

Graduate - Self Reported

Paul Layden

Instructor, Undergraduate Coordinator, and Internship Coordinator

Internships, career preparation, event planning, natural resource ecology and measurements.

Katie Lyon

Ph.D. Student/Graduate Research Assistant

Sam Martin

Instructor and Tourism Enterprise Program Director

Adam Mayer

Assistant Professor

Hannan Merritt

Graduate - Self Reported

Robin Nickell

Graduate - Self Reported

Natalie Ooi

Assistant Professor and Ski Area Management Program Director

Natalie Ooi's teaching expertise lies within ski area management and more broadly, tourism management. She is an instructor in both the Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management and the Master of Tourism Management programs. Natalie Ooi's research expertise lies within the nexus of sustainable tourism development and mountain resort development. Past and current areas of research include backpacker tourism, volunteer tourism, sustainable tourism development, mountain resort development, social capital.

Ryan Roberts

PhD Candidate

Market-based conservation incentives, payments for ecosystem services, collaborative conservation, carbon credit markets, watershed investment, ecotourism, public lands management, evidence-based conservation, program assessments and feasibility analysis.

Jon Salerno

Assistant Professor

Human adaptation to environmental change

Alex Smiley

MNRS program, Ecological Restoration

Adam Venanzi

Graduate - Self Reported

Wes White

Communications Coordinator

James Wurz

Research Associate, Instructor

Lina Xiong

Assistant Professor