Professor, State Extension Specialist, and Department Chair
Contact information: Voice (608) 262-2998; E-mail
Areas of expertise: Rural development, resource economics, and integrative tourism planning.
Journal articles and technical reports (selected)
My work deals with issues of resource-dependency and the unique planning needs of remote rural regions. Current areas of research include amenity-based rural development, land use compatibility & conflict, integrative tourism planning, and outdoor recreation. My extension programs address developmental issues associated with amenity migration, the compatibility of alternative natural resource uses, forestry and wood products, outdoor recreation planning, water economics, and tourism analysis. I teach a variety of graduate courses including regional economic problem analysis, integrative tourism planning, and, upon occasion, our planning workshop.
I have a joint, integrated appointment as a State Extension Specialist with the University of Wisconsin - Cooperative Extension providing technical assistance to an array of local clients throughout the Lake States. In particular, I work closely with the network of community resource development educators on the variety of issues listed above. In addition, I am a faculty member of the UW-Madison Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies.
Formally trained in agricultural economics (Ph.D.), forest policy (M.S.),and resource management (B.S.), my analytical work focuses on the linkages between natural resources and rural economic development with a particular interest in the mechanisms behind income generation and distribution to rural households. In addition to planning, I interact professionally in related fields of regional science, resource economics, community development, natural resource management, and tourism/recreation/leisure science.