B.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.E.M. (Environmental Management), Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Ph.D. (Forestry and Environmental Studies), Yale University
Powell, R.B., Cushnir, A., & Peiris, P. (2009) Overcoming governance barriers to integrated coastal zone, marine protected area, and sustainable tourism management in Sri Lanka. Coastal Management, 37(6) 633-655.
Powell, R.B., Kellert, S. R., & Ham, S.H. (2009) Interactional theory and the sustainable nature-based tourism experience. Society and Natural Resources, 22 (8) 761-776.
Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B., & N. Ardoin. (2008) What difference does it make? Assessing student outcomes of participation in a residential environmental education program. Journal of Environmental Education 39 (4) 31-43.
Powell, R.B. & Ham, S.H. (2008) Can ecotourism interpretation really lead to pro-conservation knowledge, attitudes, and behavior? Evidence from the Galapagos Islands. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 16(4) 467-489.
Powell, R.B., Kellert, S. R., & S.H. Ham. (2008) Antarctic tourists: Ambassadors or consumers? Polar Record 44 (230) 233-241.
Professional society activity:
International Association for Society and Natural Resources
Society for Conservation Biology
The Coastal Society
The International Ecotourism Society
National Association for Interpretation
North American Association of Environmental Education
National Recreation and Park Association
FOR 431/431L Recreation Resource Planning in Forest Management
PRTM 430/630 World Geography of Parks and Equivalent Reserves
PRTM 403 Elements of Recreation and Park Planning
PRTM 900 Interdisciplinary Park and Protected Area Management
Additional Information: Bob Powell’s research and outreach program has taken him to over 40 countries and 6 continents and focuses on international park and protected area management with an emphasis on sustainable tourism and biodiversity conservation. As part of his research he has conducted programmatic evaluations of both formal and informal environmental education and interpretation programs. Bob’s current research includes: investigating community-based conservation projects for the National Audubon Society and the Toyota Foundation; evaluating education and outreach in Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and researching outdoor recreation and ethics training programs occurring on U.S. public lands. Past projects include: working with the International Association of Antarctica Tourism Operators, Grand Canyon National Park, Parque National Galapagos, and more than 30 tourism operators from Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park, to evaluate nature-based tourism as a conservation and informal environmental education tool; conducting an integrated marine protected area, tourism, and coastal zone planning project in Sri Lanka for US Agency for International Development; and investigating local Fijian stakeholders’ support for marine protected areas. A former U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team member and adventure travel guide, Bob has recently (2005/06) utilized these skills to participate in a 60-day sea kayaking expedition to South Georgia Island (Antarctica) to conduct a census of two endangered bird species in an effort to develop tourism and protected area management recommendations. Finally, Powell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Interdisciplinary Park and Protected Area Management; Park and Protected Area Planning; International Park and Protected Area Management; Ecotourism; and Forest Planning and Recreation. He also currently serves as chair for five doctoral students.