The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Lincoln R. Larson

Assistant Professor
Tel: 864-656-1244
Location: 298 Lehotsky Hall


B.S. Duke University (Biology), Duke University, NC
M.S. University of Georgia (Forest Resources), Athens, GA
Ph.D University of  Georgia (Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism), Athens, GA

Area of Specialty:
  • Parks and conservation area management
Research Interests:
Dr. Larson uses a variety of social science methods to address natural resource management and conservation issues. His research is designed to help scientists, land managers, and the general public understand, communicate, and collaboratively respond to emerging challenges facing parks and protected areas. Dr. Larson’s recent work has focused on a variety of topics including:
  • Parks and protected area management
  • Human dimensions of natural resource management
  • Ecotourism and sustainable development
  • Nature-based recreation , health, and well-being
  • Environmental education and interpretation

For more information about Dr. Larson’s research, please visit:

Publications: (last 5 years)

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (in press). Physical activity levels and preferences of ethnically diverse visitors to Georgia state parks. Journal of Leisure Research.

Flowers, A. E., Carroll, J. P., Green, G. T., & Larson, L. R. (in press). Using art to assess environmental education outcomes. Environmental Education Research.

Larson, L. R., Decker, D. J., Stedman, R. C., Siemer, W. F., & Baumer, M. S. (2014). Exploring the social habitat for hunting: A comprehensive view of factors influencing hunter recruitment and retention. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(2): 105-122. doi: 10.1080/10871209.2014.850126

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., Green, G. T., & Bowker, J. M. (2014). Physical activity locations in Georgia: Frequency of use by socio-demographic group. Journal of Outdoor Recreation & Tourism, 5-6, 68-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2013.11.001

Cloutier, S., Larson, L., Jambeck, J., & Scott, N. (2014). Are sustainable cities “happy” cities?  Associations between sustainable development and human well-being in urban areas of the United States. Environment, Development & Sustainability, 16: 633-647. doi: 10.1007/s10668-013-9499-0

Conway, A., Hernandez, S., Carroll, J., Green, G., & Larson, L. (2014). Local awareness of and attitudes toward pygmy hippopotamus conservation in the Moa River Island Complex, Sierra Leone. Oryx. doi:10.1017/S003060531300077X

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., & Green, G. T. (2013). Youth outdoor recreation and state park  use: Perceived benefits from the parent/guardian’s perspective. Children, Youth, and Environments, 23(3), 89-118. doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.23.3.0089

Larson, L. R., & Lovelace, M. D. (2013). Evaluating the efficacy of questioning strategies in lecture-based classroom environments: Are we asking the right questions? Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 24(1), 105-122.

Larson, L. R., & Poudyal, N. C. (2012). Developing sustainable tourism through adaptive resource management: A case study of Machu Picchu, Peru. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20(7), 917-938. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2012.667217.

Whiting, J. W., Larson, L. R., & Green, G. T. (2012). Monitoring visitation in Georgia state  parks using the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC). Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 30(4), 21-37.

Sharp, R. L., Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., Tomek, S. (2012). Comparing interpretive methods targeting invasive species management at Cumberland Island National Seashore. Journal of Interpretation Research, 17(2), 23-43.

Small, R. M., Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., & Shenk, A. (2012). Effects of an environmental educator training workshop on environmental knowledge, awareness, and teaching self-efficacy. Illuminare, 10(1), 30-43.

Hurt, N., Moss, G., Camus, M., Bradley, C., Larson, L., Lovelace, M., Prevost, L., Riley, N., & Domizi, D. (2012). The ‘Facebook’ effect: An investigation of college students’ perspectives regarding online discussions in the age of social networking. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 6(2), 2-14.

Sharp, R. L., Larson, L. R., & Green, G. T. (2011). Factors influencing public preferences for invasive alien species management. Biological Conservation, 144(8), 2097-2104. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.04.032.

Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., & Cordell, H. K. (2011). Children’s time outdoors: Results and implications of the National Kids Survey. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 29(2), 1-20.

Whiting, J. W., Pawelko, K. A., Green, G. T., & Larson, L. R. (2011). Whitewater kayaking: A social world investigation. Illuminare, 9(1), 1-15.

Larson, L. R., Whiting, J. W., & Green, G. T. (2011). Exploring the influence of outdoor recreation participation on pro-environmental behavior in a demographically-diverse population. Local Environment, 16(1), 67-86. doi:10.1080/13549839.2010.548373

Larson, L. R., Green, G. T., & Castleberry, S. B. (2011). Construction and validation of an instrument to measure environmental orientations in a diverse group of children. Environment and Behavior, 43(1), 72-89. doi: 10.1177/0013916509345212.

Larson, L. R., Castleberry, S. B., & Green, G. T. (2010). Effects of an environmental education program on the environmental orientations of children from different gender, age, and ethnic groups. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 28(3), 95-113.

Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:

Dr. Larson has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 8 research projects in the past 5 years funded by over $500,000 from a variety of agencies and organizations, including:

  • U.S.D.A. Forest Service
  • U.S.D.A. National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • National Science Foundation
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Georgia Department of Education
  • University of Georgia

He has also conducted unfunded research focused on improving teaching and learning at multiple levels ranging from non-formal youth camps to college classrooms.

Courses Taught at Clemson:
  • PRTM 270 – Introduction to Recreation Resource Management
  • PRTM 822 – Strategic Planning for Public and Non-profit Organizations