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CUIP Scholars

Ken Cline, Professor, University of the Atlantic Ken Cline
College of the Atlantic
Specialty: Environmental policy
Tel: (207) 801-5719

Ken Cline received a BA in Political Science and General Science from Hiram College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983. Before joining the faculty, he served as a Judicial Clerk for Federal Judge Gus J. Solomon in Portland, Oregon; as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco; and as an attorney specializing in municipal, environmental, and land use litigation for Calfee Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio. Ken joined the faculty of the College of the Atlantic in 1989 where he teaches a broad range of courses in environmental law and policy. In addition to legal studies and pre-law courses, he teaches several interdisciplinary courses that focus on conservation policy within the United States and internationally. More info.

Lincoln Larson, North Carolina State University Lincoln Larson 
Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University
Specialty: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Tel: (919) 515-8947

Dr. Lincoln Larson is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Forest Resources (natural resources recreation and tourism emphasis) from the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Dr. Larson has worked as postdoctoral research associate in the Dept. of Natural Resources at Cornell University and an Assistant Professor in PRTM at Clemson, where he was a CUIP Fellow. At NC State, Dr. Larson continues to employ a variety of social science methods to understand human-environment interactions and address natural resource management and conservation issues. His research questions and projects focus on three broad themes (natural resource management and conservation, outdoor recreation and health, and environmental education and stewardship) that are designed to help scientists, land managers, and the general public understand, communicate, and collaboratively respond to emerging challenges facing parks and protected areas. More info.

Robert Manning, Univ of Vermont Robert Manning
Professor of Natural Resources
University of Vermont
Specialty: Parks history, management
Tel: (802) 656-8683

Robert Manning is Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where he teaches the history, philosophy, and management of parks and related areas and conducts a program of research for the U.S. National Park Service and related agencies. He is also Director of the university's Park Studies Laboratory. Dr. Manning has spent four year-long sabbatical leaves with the U.S. National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the headquarters office in Washington, DC. He is the author of several books, including Studies in Outdoor Recreation: Search and Research for Satisfaction (2nd Edition) (Oregon State University Press), Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy (Island Press), and Parks and People: Managing Outdoor Recreation at Acadia National Park (University Press of New England). More info.

Mark Stern, Virginia TechMarc Stern
Associate Professor
Virginia Tech University
Specialty: Natural resource sociology
Tel: (540) 231-7418

Marc Stern conducts research focused on the human dimensions of natural resource policy and management, environmental communications, protected areas management, international conservation, natural resource management effectiveness, attitudes vs. actions, public responses to natural resource management, evaluation of environmental education and other outreach programs. He teaches courses in environmental education and communications, research methods, and park and protected area management. More info.

Stephen Trombulak, Middlebury CollegeStephen Trombulak
Middlebury College
Specialty: Landscape ecology
Tel: (802) 443-5439

Stephen Trombulak is a conservation biologist and landscape ecologist, with particular interests in (a) the field biology of mammals, birds, and beetles, (b) the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to develop science-based conservation planning tools, and (c) natural history education. He is currently running two research programs—one on forest-dwelling beetles and one on landscape-level wildlife connectivity in the Northern Appalachians. He teaches in both the Biology Department and the Program in Environmental Studies, where my primary teaching focus is on environmental science, vertebrate natural history, and conservation biology. More info.

Simon Seno, Narok University CollegeSimon Ole Seno, Ph.D. 
Professor, Deputy Vice Chancellor (D.V.C.) 
Maasai Mara University
Specialty: Natural resource policy

Since 2013, Dr. Simon K. Ole Seno has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Maasai Mara University in Narok, Kenya. Previously, he was the Dean of the School of Tourism and Natural Resources Management at the university. He received his BS degree in Range Science in 1982 and his MS degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences in 1987 both from New Mexico State University. He received his PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona in 1998. His professional career in wildlife and range management spans several decades. He started as an Assistant Range Management Officer in Garissa District, Kenya in 1977 and held several positions related to range management into the late 1980’s. In 1988 he became a lecturer in the Department of Wildlife Management at Moi University, Kenya and in 1999 he moved on to the Center for Wildlife Management Studies at the School of Field Studies in Kenya. He rose to director of the School in 2001 and remained there until he took the Dean’s position at Maasai Mara University.

He has written extensively on issues related to wildlife and range management throughout his career. He has a keen interest in the human dimensions associated with managing wildlife and natural resources. He has conducted significant research on the impact of parks and protected areas on local communities as well as the impact of local communities on these entities. He is a leading expert in these research areas and is very active within the East Africa research community. Dr. Seno has been instrumental in developing an active partnership between Maasai Mara University and Clemson University. Also, he has helped the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management build a strong network of collaborators in East Africa. He has been a co-investigator on several projects developed through the Clemson/Maasai Mara University partnership. More info. 

steveshackletonSteve Shackleton
Executive Director of School of Management, Director of the Vernal Pools Natural Reserve, Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute
UC Merced
Specialty: Leadership and Park Management 
Tel: (209) 228-3044

Steve Shackleton retired from a 40-year career in the National Park Service and National Forest Service in 2012 that began in 1972. At UC Merced, since 2012, he served as the first Director of the Vernal Pools Natural Reserve and the Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Steve currently works in research and teaching in the area of parks and protected area management. He is the Executive Director of UC Merced’s emerging School of Management, incubating in the School of Engineering. He is also leading a partnership program that is establishing a summer campus within Yosemite National Park, called UC Sierra.

Immediately prior to retirement from the National Park Service, Steve was in the position of Associate Director from March 2010 to June 2012. As Associate Director, he managed programs of park protection and emergency services over a national system of parks that encompass 84 million acres and is visited by 280 million people each year. His positions previous to Associate Director include the Chief Ranger in Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains for nine years; the Superintendent of Pinnacles National Monument in central coastal California; a three year congressional fellowship in Washington, D.C. – one year in the United States Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and two years in the National Park Service Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs; nine years in Alaska as the Regional Visitor and Resource Protection Manager over 12 parks and 54 million acres; and five years in Hawaii as a Law Enforcement Manager for 9 parks in the Pacific Area. He began his park service career at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming as a park ranger and spent six summers as a firefighter on the Sierra National Forest in California.