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Claudia Alberico – Doctoral Student

I am a doctoral student working with Dr. J. Aaron Hipp. I’ve moved from Southern Brazil (Curitiba-PR) to Raleigh to work with my adviser in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. With a degree in Physical Education…






Sara Brune – Doctoral Student

I am a Ph.D. student working under Dr. Whitney Knollenberg and Dr. Carla Barbieri on the role of agricultural literacy in promoting the support of sustainable agricultural practices and local food systems…


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Suet Yi Cheung- Doctoral Student

I am a PhD student working under Dr. Yu-Fai Leung on visitors’ impacts and trail management in the protected area. I am originally from Hong Kong where I grew up and had my Bachelor degree. My athletic career and experience allows me to explore cultures…


Head shot of Laden GhahramaniLadan Ghahramani – Doctoral Student




Head shot of Lauren GibsonLauren Gibson – Doctoral Student

I work with Dr. Kathryn Stevenson researching the impact that high school students can have on their community’s environmental beliefs and decisions.



Picture of Claudia Gil ArroyoClaudia Gil Arroyo – Doctoral Student




Doctoral student Jenna Hartley smiles with her small child seated on her lapJenna Hartley – Doctoral Student

I am working with Dr. Kathryn Stevenson researching the power of students as environmental change-agents in their families and communities. I am excited to be doing this work because I used to be a classroom science teacher…





Jing-Huei Huang

Jing-Huei Huang – Doctoral Student

Hi, I’m Jing-Huei Huang, originally from Hulien City, Taiwan. My primary research interests are built environments, health behaviors and health promotions…



Brent Jackson – Doctoral Student





Zeynab Jouzi

Zeynab Jouzi – Doctoral Student

I am a PhD student working with Dr. Yu-Fai Leung. My primary research interests lie in the broad area of sustainable development. I am particularly interested in participatory environmental management and ecosystem services assessments…



Samantha Lockwood – Masters Student

I am a master’s student working with Dr. Mike Edwards. I am originally from North Carolina, attended the University of South Carolina, and moved to the Triangle upon graduation…





Hailey Post – Masters Student

I am a master’s student working with Dr. Whitney Knollenberg. I am interested in improving advocacy efforts among leaders in the tourism industry and stakeholder engagement efforts.



I am a Ph.D. student under the advisement of Dr. Jerry Lee and Myron Floyd in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. My broad research interests include studying diversity in the recreation, as well as the effects of technology on the outdoor experience…


Picture of Jordan Protzman“Reilly” Jordan Protzman – Masters Student

I am a Masters student with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation studying under Dr. Lincoln Larson.



Joshua RandallJoshua Randall – Doctoral Student

I am a PhD student working under Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic and Dr. Bethany Cutts working on the geospatial aspects of energy equity in North Carolina…



Picture of Caitlin ReilleyCaitlin Reilly – Masters Student

I am an M.S. student working with Dr. Kathryn Stevenson studying the effects of agritourism experiences on teachers, students, and their families.



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Erica Reider – Doctoral Student (FWCB)

Bio Coming Soon! Primary Research Interest: System Dynamics and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation



Andrew Rogers – Masters Student

I grew up in Rome, Georgia. My research interests fall in the realm of recreation ecology, and I’m advised by Dr. Yu-Fai Leung. I have the pleasure of working for Recreation Resources Services in a variety of capacities…

Picture of Danielle SmithDanielle Smith – Doctoral Student

I’m a first-year, part-time PhD student in PRT.  My research interests in studying the marketing effects of sport corporate social responsibility efforts stem from spending 13 years in the sport marketing field.

Torey Vayer – Masters Student

I am a master’s student working with Dr. Lincoln Larson to study college student’s attitudes, beliefs, and values towards hunting and fishing.  I am originally from Rockville, Maryland, but I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Penn State University…



Olivia V – Doctoral Student

I’m a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Bethany Cutts. As part of my doctoral research, I use an environmental justice framework to understand how to promote equal opportunity for disaster recovery and hazard mitigation among marginalized communities.


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Ellie Whittington – Masters Student

Currently, I am master’s student working with Dr. Michael Kanters pursuing a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management as well as a graduate certificate in Sport and Entertainment Venue Management…