The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Robert B. Powell

Associate Professor/Director, Institute for Parks @ Clemson University (IP@CU)
Tel: 864-656-0787
Location: 281 Lehotsky Hall

B.A. University of North Carolina, Interdisciplinary Studies (Zoology and Resource Management), Chapel Hill, NC
Masters of Environmental Management, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Yale University, New Haven, CT
Ph.D Forestry and Environmental Studies (Social Ecology), Yale University, New Haven, CT

Additional Professional Responsibilities:

2011-present - Director of Research. Clemson University Institute for Parks (CUIP)

Research Interests:
  • Integrated planning
  • Protected area management
  • Ecotourism
  • Informal environmental education/interpretation
  • Biodiversity conservation.
Publications: (last 5 years)

Vezeau, S.*, Powell, R. B., Stern, M.J., Moore, D., & Wright, B. (In press) Development and validation of a scale for measuring stewardship behaviors and elaboration in children. Environmental Education Research. DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1121377

Sgalitzer, H.A.*, Brownlee, M.T.J., Bricker, K.S., & Powell, R.B. (In press) Travelers’ philanthropy: Understanding tourists’ motivations to donate at Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Journal of Ecotourism.

Skibins, J.C.*, Powell, R.B., & Hallo, J.C. (In press) Lucky 13: Conservation implications of broadening ‘Big 5’ flagship species recognition in East Africa. Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Depper, G.*, Vigil, D., Powell, R.B. & Wright, B.A. (2015) Resource protection, visitor safety, and employee safety: How prepared is the National Park Service? Park Science, Fall-2015.

Powell, R.B., Ramshaw, G.P., Ogletree, S.S.*, & Krafte, K.* (2015) Can heritage resources highlight changes to the natural environment caused by climate change? Evidence from the Antarctic tourism experience. Journal of Heritage Tourism. DOI:10.1080/1743873X.2015.1082571

Brownlee, M.T.J.*, Hallo, J.C., Jodice, L.W., Moore, D.D., Powell, R.B., & Wright, B.A. (2015) Place attachment and marine recreationists’ attitudes towards offshore wind energy development. Journal of Leisure Research, 47(2), 263-284.

Munanura, I*, Backman, K., Moore, D., Hallo, J., & Powell, R.B. (2014) Household poverty dimensions influencing forest dependence at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda: An application of the sustainable livelihoods framework. Natural Resources, 5(16).

Miller, Z.*, Hallo, J.C., Sharp, J., Powell, R.B., & Lanham, D. (2014) Birding by ear: A study of recreational specialization and soundscape preference. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(6), 498-511.

 Vagias, W.*, Powell, R.B., Moore, D.D., & Wright, B.A. (2014) Predicting behavioral intentions to comply with recommended Leave No Trace practices. Leisure Sciences, 38(5), 439-45.

Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B., & Hill, D. (2014) Environmental education research in the new millennium: What do we measure and what have we learned? Environmental Education Research, 20(5), 581-611.

Brownlee, M.T.J.*, Hallo, J.C., Moore, D.D., Powell, R.B., & Wright, B.A. (2014) Attitudes towards water conservation: The influence of site specific factors and beliefs in climate change. Society and Natural Resources, 27(9), 964-982.

Thomsen, J.*, Powell, R.B., & Allen, D. (2013) What is the value and implications of viewing park resources as health resources? Park Science, 30(2), 30-36.

Stern, M.J. & Powell, R.B. (2013) What leads to better visitor outcomes in live interpretation? Special Issue: Journal of Interpretation Research, 18(2), 9-44.

Powell, R.B. & Stern, M.J. (2013) Is it the program or the interpreter? Modeling the influence of program characteristics and interpreter attributes on visitor outcomes. Special Issue: Journal of Interpretation Research, 18(2), 45-60.

Powell, R.B. & Stern, M.J. (2013) Speculating on the role of context in the outcomes of interpretive programs. Special Issue: Journal of Interpretation Research, 18(2), 61-78.

Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B., McLean, K.D.*, Martin, E.*, Thomsen, J.M.* & Mutchler, B.A.* (2013) The difference between good enough and great: Bringing interpretive best practices to life. Special Issue: Journal of Interpretation Research, 18(2), 79-100.

Skibins, J.C.,* & Powell, R.B. (2013) Conservation Caring: Measuring the influence of zoo visitors’ connection to wildlife on pro-conservation behaviors. Zoo Biology, 32(5), 528-540.

Brownlee, M. T. J.*, Hallo, J. C., Wright, B. A., Moore, D., & Powell, R. B. (2013). Visiting a climate-influenced National Park: The stability of climate change perceptions. Environmental Management, 52(5), 1132-1148.

Holladay, P.J.* & Powell, R.B. (2013) Resident perceptions of social-ecological resilience and the sustainability of community-based tourism development in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 21(8), 1188-1211.

Skibins, J.C.*, Powell, R.B. & Hallo, J.C. (2013) Charisma and conservation: Charismatic megafauna’s influence on safari and zoo tourists’ pro-conservation behaviors. Biodiversity and Conservation, 22(4), 959-982.

Brownlee, M.T.J.*, Powell, R. B., & Hallo, J. (2013) A review of the foundational processes that influence beliefs in climate change: Opportunities for environmental education research. Environmental Education Research, 19(1), 1-20.

Skibins, J.C.*, Powell, R.B., & Stern, M.J. (2012) Linking interpretation best practices with outcomes: A review of literature. Journal of Interpretation Research, 17(1), 25-44.

Vagias, W.*, Powell, R.B, Moore, D, & Wright, B.A. (2012) Development, psychometric qualities, and cross-validation of the Leave No Trace attitudinal inventory and measure (LNT AIM). Journal of Leisure Research, 44(2), 234-256.

Van Riper, C., Powell, R. B., Machlis, G., Wagtendonk, J., van Riper, C.J.*,von Ruschkowski, E., Schwarzbach, S. &  Galipeau, R. (2012) Using integrated research and interdisciplinary science: Potential benefits to managers of park and protected areas. George Wright Society Forum, 29(2), 216-226.

Stern, M.J., Wright, M.E.*, & Powell, R.B.  (2012) Motivating school participation in National Park Service education programs. Journal of Visitor Studies, 15(1), 28-47.

Powell, R.B., Brownlee, M.T.J.*, Kellert, S. R. & Ham, S.H. (2012) From awe to satisfaction: Immediate affective responses to the Antarctic tourism experience. Polar Record, 48(2), 145-156. 

Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B. & Hockett, K.S. (2011) Why do they come? Motivations and barriers to interpretive program attendance at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Journal of Interpretation Research, 16 (2), 35-52.

Baldwin,R.F., Powell, R.B., & Kellert, S.R. (2011) Habitat as architecture for sustainability: Integrating conservation planning and human health. Ambio, 40(3), 322-327.

Powell, R.B., Stern, M.J., Krohn, B.* & Ardoin, N. (2011) Development and validation of scales to measure environmental responsibility, attitudes toward school, and character development. Environmental Education Research, 17(1), 91-111.

Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B., & Ardoin, N.M. (2011) Evaluating a constructivist and culturally responsive approach to environmental education for diverse audiences. Journal of Environmental Education, 42(2),109-122.

Stern, M.J., Powell, R.B., & Cook, C. (2010-2011) The benefits of live interpretive programs to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park Science, 27(3), 56-60.

Vagias, W.* & Powell, R.B. (2010) Backcountry visitors’ Leave No Trace attitudes. International Journal of Wilderness, 16(3), 21-27.

Powell, R. B. (2010) Developing institutions to overcome governance barriers to ecoregional conservation. In S. C. Trombulak & R. F. Baldwin (Eds.), Landscape-scale Conservation Planning (pp. 53-67). New York: Springer.

Powell, R. B & Vagias, W.* (2010) Benefits of stakeholder involvement in the development of social science research. Park Science, 27(1), 46-49.

Courses Taught: Undergraduate:

  • PRTM 201 - The Recreation Environment
  • PRTM 298 - Creative Inquiry: Managing Recreation in the Clemson Experimental Forest
  • PRTM 403 - Elements of Park Planning
  • PRTM 430/630 - Geography of World Parks and Protected Areas
  • FOR 431/431L - Recreation Resource Planning in Forest Management
  • PRTM 498 - Values of Parks
  • PRTM 900 - Interdisciplinary Park and Protected Area Management