About Natalie

Dr. Natalie Ooi is an Assistant Professor and Director of Tourism Enterprise Programs within the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She has also taken on the role of Assistant Department Head of Tourism Programs. An avid skier and hiker, Natalie is an Australian citizen who relocated to the USA in 2013 to further follow her passion of skiing and the outdoor lifestyle. She bridges the academic and tourism industry worlds, having worked as an outdoor education guide, an events manager at a backpacker hostel, as retail staff in an outdoor gear store, and as a rental technician at Steamboat Springs Ski & Resort in 2008/09. Natalie returned to the USA in 2010/2011 to do her dissertation on mountain resort tourism development with her research examining the socio-cultural sustainability of mountain resort development within the community of Steamboat Springs, CO. Her research interests more broadly center on sustainable and ski area management and development, with particular interest in the complexities of tourism-community and other stakeholder relationships within mountain resort communities, sustainable tourism and resiliency, backpacker tourism, volunteer tourism, and climate change adaptation within the tourism industry. She earned her Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, in 2013 where she was a Donald Cochrane Scholar and recipient of the Dean’s Postgraduate Research Excellence Award for the Faculty of Business and Economics.

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Education

PhD, BusComm (ski area management) - Monash University
Berwick, Australia, 2013

BBusComm (Hons), - Monash University
Berwick, Australia, 2008

BS, Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation/BBusComm (management) - Monash University
Gippsland, Australia, 2006

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • NIDIS Research Grant, NOAA: Identifying Drought-Related Triggers and Impacts on Decision Calendars for the Ski Industry, 2019-2020

Presentations

Higher education roundtable: Career pipelines, equitable opportunities and a skilled workforce in the outdoors

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Partners in the Outdoors Conference, Breckenridge, CO, 04/26/19

The future of leadership development: How to attract, retain, and motivate your next generation of leaders

NSAA Western Conference, Snowbird, UT, 01/17/19

The future of leadership development: How to attract, retain, and motivate your next generation of leaders

NSAA Eastern Conference, Mount Snow, VT, 01/31/19

Leadership development in the ski industry: Techniques and best practices

Professional Ski Instructors Association – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) Snowsports Management Seminar, Snowbird, UT, 01/24/19

Leadership development in the ski industry: Techniques and best practices

Professional Ski Instructors Association – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) Snowsports Management Seminar, Killington, VT, 02/04/19

Developing the Next Generation of Ski Area Managers: A Deep Dive into Leadership Development Strategies and Techniques

NSAA Eastern Conference, Killington, VT, 02/06/19

Examining the resilience and adaptive capacity of mountain resort destinations: Moving beyond the sustainability efforts of mountain resorts

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 04/06/19

Developing the Next Generation of Ski Area Managers: A Deep Dive into Leadership Development Strategies and Techniques

NSAA Western Conference, Snowbird, UT, 01/23/19

Sustainable Tourism: Resilient Destinations – Future governance strategies

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 04/07/17

Managing for resilience in the face of climate change: The adaptive capacity of U.S. ski areas

Tourism Naturally Conference, Alghero, Italy, 10/04/16

Socio-cultural change as a result of mountain resort tourism growth and development: A case study of Steamboat Springs

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 04/23/15

Climate change and the effects to the ski and snowboard industry in Colorado

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame Special Exhibit, Vail, CO, 09/27/19

Examining outdoor recreation barriers, constraints, amenity preferences, and communication and outreach needs of the Latino/Hispanic community in and around the Denver metro region, Colorado

Fort Collins Open Space Department, Fort Collins, CO, 11/08/18