The deadline for submission is April 4th, 2014
32 Campus Dr.
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Dr. Natalie Dawson is currently interim director of the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana and a wildlife biologist. She has worked for the US Geological Survey, the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and multiple state agencies on various wildlife and other natural resources projects. Natalie received her PhD from the University of New Mexico with a research emphasis on wildlife populations on the Tongass National Forest, the United States' largest national forest, which encompasses over 14 million hectares of land across the southern part of Alaska. She currently teaches courses in wildlife conservation, biogeography, and resource conservation at the University of Montana while maintaining a research program on the Tongass National Forest. When not chasing creatures in the woods, she skis, hikes, bikes, climbs, and enjoys traveling to places with few roads and lots of mountains.
Wayne has served on the Park, Tourism and Recreation Management faculty at the University of Montana since 1993. He teaches courses in Advanced Protected Area Management and Advanced Visitor Management. He has extensive research experience in U.S. National Parks and Forests on planning, visitor management and community involvement. He has formally advised 10 Ph.D. students and 19 M.S. students. In 2000, he became Co-Director of the International Seminar on Protected Area Management (ISPAM) and has overseen that program since. ISPAM has served over 350 protected area managers from 78 countries. Dr. Freimund is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and has extensive experience in southern Africa. He held several administration positions at the University of Montana including Wilderness Institute Director and Chair of the Department of Society and Conservation. He and his wife Tammy have two grown sons.
Stephen (Steve) is Professor Emeritus in Wildland Management in the Department of Society and Conservation of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. Steve's current approach to protected area stewardship is based on the premise that planning and management occur within the context of messy situations—conflicting goals, uncertain cause-effect relationships. These settings require substantially different approaches—in process, focus, public participation and institutional design—compared to traditional tame problems. Thus, he focuses on “messy” issues associated with protected area planning, including the conflicts between recreation opportunities, integrated resource management, the effects of changing human population dynamics on demand for recreation opportunities and application of frameworks to resolve competing demands. Recent publications include those dealing with governance and protected areas, frameworks for thinking about protected area management, an assessment of various visitor planning frameworks, and discussions about the relationships between tourism and protected areas. He has authored over 200 publications dealing with protected area management.