• Gerard Kyle Director

    Dr. Kyle research interests lie in the area of the human dimensions of natural resources. Specifically, he has been studying the meanings various groups ascribe to wildland environments throughout the U.S. This approach has been especially useful for identifying the locus of resource conflicts among various stakeholders and assisting natural resource management agencies resolve the conflicts.
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  • James Absher Collaborators

    Dr. Jim Absher's research foci are customer service, carrying capacity, communications, and the human dimensions of wildland fire. He has over 40 years experience applying social science to natural resource management issues, and for the past 17 years, he has held the position of Research Social Scientist with the US Forest Service.
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  • Michael Schuett Collaborators

    Dr. Schuett specializes in outdoor recreation, wildland urban interface, and visitor management research. Specifically, his work identifies social and environmental factors that impact the planning and management of parks, forests and protected areas. He examines visitor behavior and the recreation experience, trends in outdoor recreation behavior, and public involvement in natural resource decision-making.

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  • Scott Shafer Collaborators

    Dr. Shafer's interests are focused on planning and design of parks, trails and other places where people spend leisure time. He also conducts research on perceptions and use patterns of parks and trails, as well as capacity and resource allocation issues related to recreation and tourism areas. His teaching revolves around park planning and design at the undergraduate level and the relationships between tourism and the natural environment at the graduate level.
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  • Stephen Sutton Collaborators

    Dr. Sutton is a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University, Australia. His main area of research interest is in the human dimensions of natural resource management with special interest in the areas of recreational fishing and other recreational uses of marine and terrestrial environments.

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  • Adam Landon Students

    Currently Adam is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Water Management and Hydrological Science program and Applied Biodiversity Science NSF-IGERT Trainee. His dissertation research uses a coupled human and natural systems approach this research aims to integrate economic, hydrological and biological aspects of watershed management
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  • Anna Pechenik Mausolf Students

    Anna is a first- year doctoral student in the HDNR lab. She graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University with dual majors of Earth Science and Outdoor and Environmental Recreation. Her Master’s degree is in Park and Recreation Management from Ole Miss. Anna is interested in research which helps increase practitioners’ understanding and support of outdoor recreation. 
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  • Dhananjaya Katju Students

    Dhananjaya, or simply DJ as his colleagues call him, is researching the political ecology of environmental non-compliance in the Manas Tiger and Biosphere Reserve in NW India and its outcomes for local bird species. His work focuses on the socio-economic, political, and environmental agendas of institutional noncompliance and subsequent potential for unexpected ecological consequences.  

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  • Jihee Park Students

    Jihee is a second-year doctoral student in the HDNR lab and an associated student in the Applied Biodiversity Science NSF-IGERT Program. Previously, Jihee worked at the Korea Environment Institute as a researcher for roughly 5 years and conducted various projects related to environmental planning and conservation of protected areas & wildlife.
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  • Jingxian “Kelly” Jiang Students

    Kelly is a doctoral student in the HDNR lab and an Associate Student in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems in Tourism (LIST), University of Wollongong, Australia. She earned BS and MS degrees in management with a focus on tourism marketing from Fudan University, China. Her dissertation focuses on social carrying capacity of inland lakes in Texas.

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  • Kenny Wallen Students

    Currently, Kenny is a 2nd year Ph.D. student and an Associate with the Applied Biodiversity Sciences NSF-IGERT program. Kenny has a BA in Psychology and an MS in Ecology. His research is focused on integrating social psychology, normative behavior and social influences, and natural resource management.

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  • Liz Marchio Students

    Liz is a PhD transfer student from the biological sciences who is interested in understanding how outdoor and/or recreational experiences affect the understanding of biological science. Do certain types of experiences garner more interest in biology, conservation, and ecology? How do experiences affect scientific awareness, literacy, and pro-scientific behaviors?
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  • Parker Batt Students

    Parker is a M.S. student in the HDNR Lab. His research focuses on the development of natural resources for outdoor recreation use while maintaining sustainability. Most of his free time is spent biking and snowboarding. He currently resides in Colorado.

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  • Carena J. van Riper Alumni

    Carena is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to A&M for her PhD, she earned an MS from the University of Vermont and a BA from Arizona State University. Her research integrates multiple disciplines to examine how outdoor recreationists interact with nature, specifically focusing on values of ecosystem services and the factors that shape pro-environmental behavior.

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  • Christopher Wynveen Alumni

    Since leaving the lab Chris has joined the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at Baylor University as an assistant professor. Chris continues to collaborate with the lab on research related to pro-environmental behavior, resource management issues, and place meanings in protected areas in the U.S. and abroad.

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  • Jee In Yoon Alumni

    Jee In Yoon is a visiting professor in the Department of Human Movement at Ewha Womans University in Korea and a research associate in the HDNR lab at TAMU. She graduated from Ewha Womans University with M.S. and B.A. degrees and from TAMU with a Ph.D. Jee In’s research interests broadly lie in outdoor recreationists’ coping processes, carrying capacity, and leisure behavior in culturally diverse contexts.
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  • Jinhee Jun Alumni

    Jinhee is an assistant professor in the School of Business Administration at Hallym University, South Korea. Her current research interests lie in the social psychology of leisure, recreation and tourism, as well as the marketing of both profit and non-profit agencies. In particular, drawing on identity theory, she has been studying constructs that shape preference and inhibit access in the context of wildland environments, physical activities, and the arts.

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  • Justin Harmon Alumni

    Justin is the latest Ph.D. from the HDNR lab. His research includes the investigation of group behavior and personal identity in popular music scenes. Additional research interests include the use of leisure for identity and coping maintenance for people with serious or terminal diseases and the history of the study of leisure. Hire Justin!

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  • William E. Smith Alumni

    Bill's research focuses on human dimensions of coastal and marine recreational fishing involving resource management issues. His interests also incorporate web-based systems and GIS to understand resource-use dynamics and associated management implications.  

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