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. His research focus includes sustainable tourism development - linking tourism, nature conservation and protected areas; collaborative conservation and protected area management; and perceptions of landscape disturbance - implications for human dimensions of natural resources, recreation and tourism. He has conducted collaborative research projects in Argentina, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Uruguay. These interdisciplinary efforts contribute broadly to the fields of tourism development in natural resources and natural resource management. Cottrell teaches courses at Colorado State University in sustainable tourism development, ecotourism, social science research in natural resources and international issues in recreation and tourism. He has taught extensively internationally at Wageningen University and Webster University in the Netherlands, for the International MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecotourism at Naresuan University in Thailand, Central China Normal University, Kuressaare College branch of Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and Vietnam Forestry University. Professionally, he has worked as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and director of program for the Boy Scouts of America at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base.

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Interests

  • 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.

Education

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

Selected Publications

Modelling impacts of bark-beetle infestations on forest visitor experiences and intended displacement

  • Schneider, I.E., Arnberger, A., Cottrell, S.P., & Von Ruschkowski, E. ,

Sense of place predictors of perceived effects of a proposed island to mainland bridge on future experience

  • Raadik Cottrell, J. & Cottrell, S.P. ,

Bark beetles as agents of change in social-ecological systems

  • Morris, J. Cottrell, S.; Fettig, C., Hansen, W., Sherriff, R., Carter, V., Clear, J., Clement, J., DeRose, R., Hicke, J., Higuera, P., Mattor, K., Seddon, A., Seppa, H., Stednick, J., & Seybold, S. ,

Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society: Priority questions to motivate future research

  • Morris, J. Cottrell, S.; Fettig, C., Hansen, W., Sherriff, R., Carter, V., Clear, J., Clement, J., DeRose, R., Hicke, J., Higuera, P., Mattor, K., Seddon, A., Seppa, H., Stednick, J., & Seybold, S. ,

Adaptive capacity in social-ecological systems: A framework for addressing bark beetle disturbances in natural resource management

  • Cottrell, S., Mattor**, K.M., Morris, J.L., Fettig C.J., McGrady*, P., Maguire, D., James, P.M.A., Clear, J., Wurtzebach, Z., Wei, Y., Brunelle, A., Western, J., Maxwell, R., Rotar***, M., Gallagher, L., & Roberts*, R.,

Presentations

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

Certifications

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

Memberships

  • 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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