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Graduate Profiles

Graduates of the HDNRE program are trained to work in a variety of industries.

Austin Barrett

Data analyst, United Housing Connections, Greenville, SC

Ph.D.,  Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2017

Amelia Blenderman

M.S. Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Research Interests

Leave No Trace Practices, Environmental Education, Wildlife Conservation

Graduated Spring 2018

Elizabeth A. Covelli

Associate Professor. Parks Tourism and Recreation Management, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

Ph.D. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2011

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John Eshleman

Post-doctoral research associate, Appalachian Foodshed Project, North Carolina State University

Ph.D., Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2016

Michael Ferguson

University of New Hampshire

Ph.D., Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management and HDNRE.

Graduated Summer 2016

Research Interests

  • Natural resource management
  • Outdoor recreation behavior
  • Social carrying capacity
  • Visitor use monitoring
  • Global climate change
  • Energy development
  • Environmental impact

Richard Gage

Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia

Ph.D., Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2016

Research Interests

Outdoor Recreation/Natural Resources

Jason Gordon

Assistant Extension Professor. College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University

Ph.D. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2010

More information about Jason Gordon.

Brandn Green

Analyst, Division of Analysis, Evaluation and Quality; Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Rockville, MD

Ph.D., Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2013

Joshua Gruver

Assistant Professor. College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Ball State University

Ph.D. Forest Resources and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2010

More information about Joshua Gruver.

Vasiliy Lakoba

M.S. Landscape Architecture and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2017

Eric Larson

Social Scientist, Social and Economic Analysis Branch, U.S. Geological Survey (Fort Collins, CO)

Ph.D., Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2016

Cynthia Longmire

Human Dimensions Specialist, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks

Ph.D., Rural Sociology and HDNRE 

Graduated Summer 2012

Daniel Lowenstein

Owner, Redtail Forestry and Wildlife Management

M.S. Forestry Resources and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2011

More information about Daniel Lowenstein.

Stephen Mainzer

Instructor at Penn State

Ph.D. Landscape Architecture and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2017

Matthew McKinney

Instructor, Department of Physical Education and Recreation, Gallaudet University

Ph.D., Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2016

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Alexander Metcalf

Assistant Research Professor, Assistant Director College of Forestry and Conservation University of Montana

Ph.D. Forestry Resources and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2010

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John Morrow

MS. Geography and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2010

Jennifer N. Newton

Social Scientist with Grand Teton National Park, National Park Service

Ph.D., Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2016

Emily Osborn

Recreation Supervisor for the town of Buena Vista, Colorado

M.S. Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2014

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Cara M. Raboanarielina

Coordinator, RAP/Social Scientist, African Rice Center

Ph.D. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Summer 2011

Krishna Roka

Visiting Instructor, Dept. of Sociology and Social Work, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point

Ph.D. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2012

Forrest Schwartz

Post-doc in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Department, Penn State University

Ph.D. Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and HDNRE

Graduated Spring of 2017

Research Interests

Outdoor Education, Program/Educational/Developmental Outcomes, Transfer of Learning

Jason Weigle

Consultant, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Development, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Ph.D., Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Fall 2010

More information about Jason Weigle.

Grace Wildermuth

M.S. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Research Interests

Finding ways as a researcher to uncover the reasoning behind some of these community-based natural resource decisions that are often labeled as environmentally unfriendly or unethical. What must happen in order for a community to make a different decision. What needs must be met? Would they even change their position if those needs had been met, or does their decision rest more soundly in community identity perhaps? What role does power and privilege play in controlling discourse and dialogue around the issue? I think these are all questions that need to be asked when considering "community-based" decision-making about natural resources.

Graduated Spring 2018

Brian Wolyniak

Urban Forestry Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ph.D. Forestry Resources and HDNRE

Graduated Fall 2017

More information about Brian Wolyniak.

Kathleen Wood

M.S. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Fall 2013

Bradley Woods

Associate Director, Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office, Colorado State University

Ph.D. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Graduated Spring 2010

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