The International Seminar on Protected Area Management is administered by Professor Keith Bosak, University of Montana graduate student Sophie DeMartine, retired dean of the WA Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, James Burchfield, and David Campbell, retired USDA Forest Service District Ranger.
Key public agency personnel from the US Forest Service and the National Park Service will join the program and assist with program operations, as well as leaders in protected area management from non-governmental organizations and private enterprises.
Keith Bosak - Director
My research is broadly centered in human-environment interactions and the intersection of conservation and development. Within this, my focus is on ecotourism, community development and natural resource management, particularly in mountainous areas and developing countries. The pursuit of these investigations has taken me to a wide range of geographic locations where I have had the opportunity to study a diversity of topics. These include adventure tourism and economic crisis in Argentina, Scientific Tourism in Patagonia, Women’s roles in ecotourism in India and population and development issues in Nepal. Since 2005 I have been conducting field courses with university students in the Indian Himalaya. This experience has been both challenging and immensely rewarding for me and my students. My experiences in India led my wife and I to start a small ecotourism venture called the Nature-Link Institute. We now run several courses a year to the Himalaya. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and moving through the landscape. My passions include trail running, rock and ice climbing, snowboarding, high altitude mountaineering and teaching and learning with students in a field setting.
Sophie DeMartine - Coordinator
Sophie DeMartine is a graduate student at the University of Montana currently pursuing her master’s in resource conservation with a concentration in international conservation and development. She is interested in climate change adaptation policy creation and its interaction with society in small island developing states. Sophie graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s in international economics and development. She has lived and worked in the British Virgin Islands, France, Senegal, Jordan, Iraq, the UAE and Afghanistan. When not on UM’s campus, Sophie enjoys playing on mountains or in water.
James Burchfield - Instructor
Jim Burchfield has an academic background as both a rural sociologist and forester. For nearly 20 years he worked for the USDA Forest Service in Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington, with a three year assignment in Washington D.C. as a policy analyst in the International Program Office. Jim also spent three years in the mid-1970's as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small rural village in northern GuatemalaHe has been the Director of the Bolle Center for People and Forests at the University of Montana and is currently the Dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana.
David Campbell - Instructor
Dave Campbell started work seasonally for the US Forest Service in Colorado in 1970 and continued working until graduation from the College of Natural Resources and Conservation at Colorado State University in 1976. Dave started a permanent career in Forest Planning in 1979. From 1997 to 2013 he was a district ranger on the Bitterroot National Forest, working in a landscape that includes some of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48 United States. Dave received the first Wilderness Fire Management Award from the Chief of the Forest Service for 2005 and the Line Officer Wilderness Leadership award in 2007. Dave has worked with the Forest Service International Programs on several technical assistance missions to protected areas in Africa since 2007. He has worked with the ISPAM program for many years as a Forest Service liaison.