Dr. Gerard Kyle is Recipient of the 2010 Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award

Gerard Kyle '01, received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from our department. Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 2001, he became an Assistant Professor at Clemson University and he is currently an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.

According to PSU Faculty member Dr. Andy Mowen, “Dr. Kyle has made significant contributions to the profession since he graduated Penn State. Since that time, he has demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, advising, and service to the profession. Dr. Kyle was instrumental in developing (and is the Co-Director of) the Study Abroad in Natural Resources Program at Texas A&M.. Through this experiential learning program, he has actively engaged students to understand natural resource management issues particularly as they relate to meaning of these places for recreationists and how these meanings influence resource management decision-making.”

Dr. Kyle is the Director of the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Lab at Texas A&M University. His leadership in this role involves contributing to extramurally funded research examining the role of place attachment and social bonding in understanding issues such as crowding, user conflict, and carrying capacity. Dr. Kyle is known as a leading expert in understanding commitment and attachment as they relate to recreational settings, activities, and participants. By way of example, Dr. Kyle has funded and supervised the research of numerous graduate students and has published more than 40 peer reviewed articles in prestigious journals based upon his work with these research projects.

Gerard and his wife Kelly, who is also a graduate of our program, remain closely tied to the PSU-RPTM family. They have 2 small children, Henry and Isabelle. Congratulations Gerard!