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College of Natural Resources

Center for Geospatial Analytics

Yu-Fai is a Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. He was trained as a conservation/environmental geographer, receiving his first two degrees in geography and a Ph.D. in forestry. His research program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of sustainable visitor (recreation and tourism) management in parks and protected areas. He has conducted many projects on developing visitor use and impact indicators, monitoring protocols, and efficacy evaluation tools for protected areas in the United States and abroad. Many of these projects entailed the application of geospatial technology, tools, and data sources. He is interested in how use and environmental factors influence patterns and intensity of visitor impacts, and how such impacts in turn shape subsequent visitor behavior and experience. Another active topic he is pursuing concerns ways in which protected area monitoring programs can be utilized as an effective mechanism for public education, capacity building, and partnership.

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