Faculty and Staff in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) each offer their own unique perspectives, expertise, teaching styles, and charisma to departmental programs. We are delighted to welcome two new faculty members and a new staff member this fall.
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A recent study conducted by researchers from The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University has been noted as one of the most influential papers measured by research metric firm, Altmetric. The paper currently has a score of 107 and was in the top .9% all-time(99th percentile), of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.
Conservation Leadership Through Learning student, Dani Gronhovd’s op-ed in the Daily Camera highlights Xcel’s commitment to fossil fuels and less funding for renewable resources, which is in direct conflict with Boulder’s renewable energy plan.
According to Mark Gasta, Associate Professor for the Master of Tourism Management program and former executive vice president of Vail Resorts, the shift in lift-pass structuring and pricing in the industry was more than a simple fight for market share. It was about rewarding loyalty and early decision making.
Alum, Ken Mitchell’s project balances development with environmentalism, two goals often thought of as opposing interests but that, as shown by this project can thrive as partners. Mitchell is still actively involved in the college as an advisory board member to Master of Tourism Management Program, offered by the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.
The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources’s Tourism Naturally Conference is being hosted this year by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in TAUERN SPA Zell am See – Kaprun, Austria – May 16-18, 2018.
The plenary track theme 2018 is “Nature based Tourism, Health & Well-being” and the venue is one of Austria’s most modern spa resorts, situated in the heart of Salzburg’s famous ski areas. During the conference, experts will give insight into sustainable management, product development, and new trends in nature based tourism – but with a special focus on landscape, culture, and health issues.
HDNR Tourism Program Director Sam Martin recently gave the closing keynote on sustainable tourism development at the European Mountain Tourism Conference, in Andorra, alongside other notable keynotes such as UNWTO Secretary-General Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili and Andorran Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Antoni Martí.
Every year, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards the Truman scholarship to students across the nation who are proponents of public service in many different fields. This year, four Colorado State University students out of 194 national finalists have been nominated for the scholarship.
This winter Ski Area Management (SAM) Magazine enlisted the expertise of Colorado State University (CSU) Assistant Professor Natalie Ooi Ph.D. and the Online Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management. Ooi was tapped to be part of SAM’s Summit Series; a season-long mentorship program partnering ten rising stars in the ski industry with six industry leaders to foster relationships and expose these rising stars to the necessary skills and knowledge required to become successful.
The World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality: Innovation, Partnerships and Sharing recognized Colorado State University Associate Professor Stuart Cottrell and Cottrell’s former Ph.D. student Pavlina McGrady with its 2017 The Abraham L. Pizam Best Paper Award for their paper on “Factors Affecting Corporate Sustainability Among Colorado Ski Resorts: A Mixed-Methods Approach”.