My interests lie at the intersection of environmental anthropology and the anthropology of tourism. I utilize ethnographic methods to conduct field research on the impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation, sustainable community development efforts, and rural livelihoods around parks and protected areas. I have conducted fieldwork related to these interests in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania.
I also leverage an interest in conservation psychology into research on the ways that travel to nature-based destinations influences one’s subsequent pro-environmental behavior, including conservation-oriented travel philanthropy.
At Penn St. my teaching corresponds to these interests. The on-campus and field courses I have taught focus on nature-based tourism, social and environmental sustainability, community development, the environment, and qualitative research methods.