About Stuart

Stuart is a professor in human dimensions of natural resources and teaches courses in ecotourism, sustainable tourism development, protected area management and research in human dimensions of natural resources. Stuart’s research focus includes sustainable tourism, travel and tourism behavior, visitor impact management, and public perceptions of landscape disturbance issues. Present projects involve a National Science Foundation grant to examine land management agency and water provider perception of pine beetle impacts on water quality. As a former resident fellow with the School for Global and Environmental Sustainability, Stuart conducted a preliminary study of the impacts of mountain pine beetle infestation on recreation and tourism, which led to the present NSF project. One of the highlights of Stuart’s teaching involves the monitoring of diseased corals and volunteer based conservation projects for an NGO in the Bahamas.

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  • Stuart’s passion is sailing. Early in his career, Stuart was Program Director of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, a marine aquatic program with the Boy Scouts of America in the Florida Keys. He has also runs his own sailing charters as a business owner.


Ph.D., Recreation and Park Adminstration - The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA, 1993

M.S., Parks & Recreation Administration/Public Affairs - Florida International University
Miami, FL, 1987

B.S., Recreation and Parks/Conservation Minor - Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL, 1980

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • National Science Foundation Grant – Title: Water quality and supply impacts from climate-induced insect tree mortality and resource management in the rocky mountain west – $175,000; 5 year project, 2012-2018
  • Faculty Fellow Exchange with Academic and Professional Program of the Americans, LASPAU, Harvard University, 2011
  • Resident Fellow, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU, 2010
  • Fulbright Specialist Grant to International Field University on Sustainable Rural Tourism, Saaremaa Island, Estonia, 2009


Public Perceptions of Bark Beetle Disturbance: Implications for human dimensions of natural resources, recreation and tourism

24th Nordic Symposium of Tourism and Hospitality Research, Reykavik, Iceland, Oct. 1-3, 2015

Resilience in tourism development: A socio-ecological perspective

Tourism Naturally Conference, Alghero, Italy, Oct. 2-5, 2016

Sustainable Tourism Certification: Best Practices, Benefits and ROI of Sustainability

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, Monterrey, Cal, Sept. 16-19, 2012

Resident Perceptions of Mountain Pine Beetle impacts on wildland fire management in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming

5th International Association for Fire Ecology Congress,, Portland, Oregon, December 3 -7, 2012

Rural tourism and/or sustainable tourism? Concepts, ideas, experiences from different countries

International University in Rural Tourism, Saaremaa, Estonia, Aug. 1-14, 2010


  • 100 Ton Captains Master's License by US Coast Guard, 1986 to present


  • The Ecotourism Society
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources
  • Center for Collaborative Conservation Faculty fellow, CSU
  • EU PAN Parks Foundation Research Network
  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Research Scholar, CSU

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