Research

Recent Publications (August 2020-present)

Current Projects

Using Big Data to Assess Protected Areas' impacts on Rural Adolescent Health

This NIH NIGMS-funded study (with the UM Center for Population Health Research) explores how the attributes and use patterns of parks and protected areas impact adolescent health outcomes in rural Montana using big data.

Collaborators:

Dr. Jennifer Thomsen, University of Montana

Assessing visitor use and the wilderness experience in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness, Everglades National Park

This visitor use study seeks to document visitor use patterns and assess the quality of the wilderness experience in Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness and serves as a pilot study for a Wilderness visitor survey for the National Park Service.

Collaborators:

Dr. Jennifer Thomsen (co-PI) and Jaclyn Rushing, University of Montana

Dr. Christopher Armatas, U.S. Forest Service, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Developing Quality of Life Indicators for City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Management

This study seeks to establish domains of recreational ecosystem service contributions that are generated by Open Space and Mountain Parks in the City of Boulder, CO.

Collaborators:

Deonne VanderWoude, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

Assessing Visitor Flow and the Spatial Distribution of Recreational Ecosystem Services

This study explores visitor use patterns, visitor perceptions of safety and risk in frontcountry recreation areas, and the spatial distribution of recreational ecosystem services at Grand Canyon National Park.

Collaborators:

Dr. Derrick Taff (co-PI), Dr. Peter Newman, and Dr. Bing Pan, Pennsylvania State University

Social science research to support visitor use management in Wilderness areas and related wildlands

This study intends to create a research agenda for visitor use management (VUM) in U.S. Wilderness areas, including a scoping review of Wilderness VUM research.

Collaborators:

Dr. Jennifer Thomsen (co-PI) and Jaclyn Rushing, University of Montana

Dr. Christopher Armatas, U.S. Forest Service, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

Assessing new participation in outdoor recreation since COVID-19

This study examines participants new to outdoor recreation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic using panel data.

Collaborators:

Ben Lawhon, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Dr. Derrick Taff and Dr. Peter Newman, Pennsylvania State University

Completed Projects

Understanding Campsite-scale Demand in U.S. national parks

This study is aimed at creating models to understand what aspects of the campground setting most influence demand for individual campsites using big data.

Collaborators:

Dr. Soyoung Park, Florida Atlantic University