Current Graduate Student Listing

Lauren Abbott

M.S. Candidate

B.S. Colorado State University, Natural Resource, Recreation & Tourism

Research Interests: Soundscapes

Yeganeh Aghazamani

Doctoral Candidate

Matthew Bakowicz

M.S. Candidate

B.S. RPTM, Penn State University

Jordan Blair

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Slippery Rock University, Parks & Recreation & Environmental Education

B.S. Clarion University, Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Environmental Education, Environmental Impacts of Tourism, Marine Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Hsin-Yu Chen

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Florida State University

B.S. National Dong-Hwa University

Research Interests: Leisure Behavior, Culture Diversity, Women Aging...

Mingyuan Chen

Doctoral Candidate

B.S. Sichuan International Studies University/English

Research Interests: Sustainable Tourism Development and Tourism-supported biodiversity Conservation

Chen-Wei Cheng

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Chinese Culture University (International Business Administration)

B.S. National Taiwan University (Mechanical Engineering)

Research Interests: Ecotourism, Tourism Impacts

Youngjoon Choi

Doctoral Candidate

B.A. Kyung Hee University (Tourism Management)

Research Interests: Tourism and Culture, Tourism Marketing

Phileshia Dombroski

Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Motivation of First Time Adult Users of Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture Events in Northeastern PA and Organized Camping

Michael Ferguson

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. West Virginia University, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources

B.S. West Virginia University, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources

Research Interests: Outdoor Recreation Behavior, Market Segmentation, Natural Resource Management, Social Carrying Capacity

Richard Gage

Doctoral Candidate in the Dual-title RPTM/HDNRE program

M.S. (University of Florida), Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management

B.S. (Paul Smith's College), Recreation, Adventure Travel, and Ecotourism

Research Interests: Outdoor Recreation/Natural Resources

Jie Gao

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Missouri

Research Interests: Tourism

Svitlana Iarmolenko

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. in Recreation Facilities and Services Management from East Carolina University

B.S. in Commercial Tourism from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Research Interests: Destination Image, Branding and Promotion, Migration and Acculturation, Heritage & Cultural Tourism

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Tammy Koerte

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Pennsylvania State University (Recreation, Park and Tourism Management)

B.S. Purdue University (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Research Interests: Tourism and Community Development, Youth Development in a Tourism Context

Yeqiang (Kevin) Lin

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. California State University, Chico (Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management)

B.S. Beijing International Studies University (Tourism Management)

Research Interests: Destination Marketing and the Management and Evaluation of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions.

Matthew McKinney

Dual-title Doctoral Candidate in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

M.S. Penn State University (Recreation, Park and Tourism Management) (as of August 2012)

B.S. Penn State University (Recreation and Park Management)

Research Interests: Economic Impacts of Recreation, Phenomenology, Sense of Place, and Specialization

Alison Murray

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. East Carolina University, Sustainable Tourism

B.S. N.C. State, Parks, Rec, Tourism & Commercial Rec.

Research Interests: Sustainable Tourism, Economic Development Through Tourism

Jessica Nendza

M.S. Candidate

Jennifer Newton

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Western Illinois University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

B.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Criminology and Psychology

Research Interests: Visitor Carry Capacity, Visitor Behavior, Perceptions, and Attitudes, Soundscapes

D. Kyle Olcott

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. West Virginia University (Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources)

B.A. Washington & Lee University (Philosophy)

Research Interests: Outdoor Recreation, Resource Impacts, Park and Protected Area Management, Sustainability, Wilderness

Andrew Purrington

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Pennsylvania State University

B.S. Middle Tennessee State University

Research Interests: Leisure and Culture; Adaptive and Evolutionary Aspects of Leisure; Cross-Cultural Research; Culture and Behavior

Forrest Schwartz

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. West Virginia University

B.S. West Virginia University

Research Interests: Outdoor Education, Program/Educational/Developmental Outcomes, Transfer of Learning

Jason Scott

Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Leisure Health, Leisure Disability

Mojtaba Shahvali

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. Allameh Tabatabai University, Tourism Management

B.S. Shiraz University

Research Interests: Studying service encounters and visitor management in heritage sites; Qualitative approach to visitor experience; Muslim's expectations and attitude towards non-Muslim destinations; Religion and the decision making process of travel.

Ming-Jeng Shen

Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Tourism and Adminstration

Kristin L. Thomas

Doctoral Candidate

M.A. Education Leadership in Higher Education in Student Affairs

Research Interests: Formal and Informal Educational Travel Behavior, Learning, and Student Development

Kimberly Wallace

Doctoral Candidate

M.S. University of Illinois (Recreation, Sport and Tourism)

B.A. Columbia College of Missouri (Psychology)

Research Interests: Leisure and Health, Motivators of Physical Activity, Effects of Disease on Physical Activity

Lan Xue

Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Tourism Research