My interests lie at the intersection of environmental anthropology and the anthropology of tourism. I utilize ethnographic methods to conduct field research on the impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation, sustainable community development efforts, and rural livelihoods around parks and protected areas in Latin America and East Africa. I also leverage an interest in conservation psychology into research on the ways that travel to nature-based destinations influences one’s subsequent pro-environmental behavior, including conservation-oriented travel philanthropy. At Penn St. my teaching corresponds to these interests. The on-campus and field courses I have taught focus on nature-based tourism, social and environmental sustainability, community development, the environment, and qualitative research methods. I currently serve as the Faculty-in-charge of the Sustainability Leadership minor at Penn State and faculty co-leader of the Penn State Parks and People Tanzania field course. For more information about these interests, see my personal website at the link above.
Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania Research Interests: Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, political ecology of tourism, social and environmental consequences of touirsm and ecotourism
Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, political ecology of tourism, social and environmental consequences of touirsm and ecotourism
Anthropology of Tourism