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Staff

Dr. Natalie Dawson- Co Director

Dr. Natalie Dawson- Co Director

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.

Dr. Wayne Freimund- Co-Director

Dr. Wayne Freimund- Co-Director

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.

Laura Becerra- Supporting Staff

Laura Becerra- Supporting Staff

Laura Becerra is a doctoral student of Nature-Based Tourism, Conservation, and Development in the College of Foresry and Conservation at the University of Montana. Her work explores the relationship between conservation and economic development in a tourism context. She received a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Universty of Montana with a research emphasis on ecotourism development in Patagonia. Laura has conducted tourism- related work in rural areas of the USA, South America and Southern Africa. Laura has been involved with the International Seminar on Protected Area Management since 2011 and each year she looks forward to sharing experiences and adventures with the new ISPAM participants. Laura grew up in Chile and as such, loves high mountain peaks and rocky ocean beaches. When she is not dutifully working on her Ph.D. dissertation, she is searching for writing inspiration by travelling, running, or cooking.
Dr. Stephen McCool- Supporting Staff

Dr. Stephen McCool- Supporting Staff

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.

Dr. William McLaughlin- Supporting Staff

Dr. William McLaughlin- Supporting Staff

William (Bill) received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and his Doctor’s Degree in Natural Resources in Regional Resource Planning from Colorado State University. He has been a professor of human environmental sciences and conservation planning at the University of Idaho for 40 years. During this period he also has served the university in leadership roles as a Department Head of Conservation Social Sciences, Interim Dean of the College of Natural Resources and as an executive with multiple assignments in the Offices of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Provost and the President.  He is a regional planner and social scientist with local, national, and international experience in natural resource and nature conservation planning; sustainable tourism planning; community and regional development; and higher education strategic and curriculum planning and assessment.  Bill’s years of teaching about, researching, designing and implementing collaborative planning processes have resulted in some 200 academic research publications, numerous applied planning and management documents, and the completion of 48 masters and doctoral students.