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Zach Miller, Ph.D.Zach Miller

Park Studies Unit
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, (RPTM)
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment
804 D Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 916-622-0636/ Fax: 814-867-1751
Email: zdm9@psu.edu
Curriculum Vitae website

Biography

Research Activities and Interests:

“I grew up in Northern California where I spent the early years of my life roaming around the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Before entering the academic world, I taught environmental education for a variety of audiences, lead backpacking and kayaking trips, and worked as a resource manager on ecological reserves. I have lived and studied in a wide-range of environments in the U.S., including rural Northern California, the Rocky Mountain west, and the Appalachian Mountains. Embedding myself in a variety of social and ecological settings has given me a “lived” sense of the diversity of human-nature relationships around the country.

My professional goal is to provide authentic resolutions to contemporary park and conservation issues through both education and research. My main interests are broadly within conservation social sciences and include recreation management, visitor use management/experience, environmental interpretation and education, and other human dimensions of natural resources. In particular, I enjoy working on projects related to soundscape resources, human-wildlife interactions/conflicts, and adaptive management in visitor use planning.”

Nick Pitas, Ph.D.

Park Studies Unit
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, (RPTM)
805 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Fax: 814-867-1751
Email: nap5045@psu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

More about Nick at: https://nicholaspitas.wixsite.com/pitas

Biography

Research Activities and Interests:

I was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in Virginia. I earned my BS in Health Promotion from American University in Washington D.C., where I was a Division I wrestler. I received my MS in Recreation Management from the University of New Hampshire, and finally my Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management from Penn State. In between periods of educational achievement, I worked in the recreation industry for several years. I have spent time as a ropes course facilitator, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and in the worksite wellness field.

My research focuses on issues relating to local parks and recreation. My colleagues and I work to establish the benefits of local parks to individuals and communities, and to understand the best ways to pay for these vital public services. As public funding for public parks and recreation is vulnerable to larger economic and societal forces, I am currently examining alternative funding strategies, and supplements to traditional funding streams.

Forrest Schwartz, Ph.D.

Park Studies Unit
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, (RPTM)
806 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Fax: 814-867-1751
Email: fgs117@psu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Biography

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