I arrived at St. Lawrence in the fall of 2015. In addition to my academic background, I have worked for the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management and have conducted fieldwork in Acadia, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion national parks. I have published articles in a number of scholarly journals, but my proudest work to date is co-authoring the 2nd edition of Managing Outdoor Recreation: Case Studies in the National Parks.
I believe parks serve as proxies for larger societal issues and that they exemplify our desired relationship with nature. As part of my classes, I encourage my students to question whether or not Wallace Stegner was right when he stated, “National parks are the best idea we ever had." Furthermore, I challenge students to consider if and how, they may be "absolutely democratic" reflecting "us at our best rather than our worst." The dialogues I have with students on these topics, in and outside the classroom, inspire and enrich my research and scholarship.
Most recently, I have begun exploring the Adirondacks. I look forward to continuing to explore them personally and professionally for years to come.
Ph.D. in Natural Resources
Master of Studies in Environmental Law
Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Resource Economics
Regularly Taught Courses:
- ENVS 101: Introduction to Environmental Studies
- ENVS 235: Foundations of Environmental Thought
- ENVS 332: Recreation Policy & Planning
- ENVS 349: Outdoor Recreation Management & Contemporary Issues on Public Land