Gerard Kyle

Director

Gerard Kyle's 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.

Scott Shafer

Director

Scott 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.

Bill Smith

Faculty

Bill's interests focus on human dimensions of coastal and marine recreation involving resource management issues. His interests also incorporate web-based systems and GIS to understand resource-use dynamics. Bill is also holds the following certifications : freediving (FII), scuba (PADI), lifeguard (Red Cross), CPR (Red Cross), and Wilderness First Aid (NOLS).