About the PAMDEP

The Protected Area Management Distance Education Program is a unique, globally significant collaboration between the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, the U.S. Forest Service, and the University of Montana

The program has three components:

  1. Developing the foundation necessary to manage reserves and protected areas in the 21st century’s context of complexity and change-led by the UM courses offered in the graduate program;
  2. Creating understanding of the local and regional context of these issues for participants through collaborations with local and regional agencies; and
  3. A field-based learning experience-led by a regional organization or agency, or a supporting partner.

Online courses are administered by the University of Montana. Students who complete the program will receive a graduate certificate in Protected Area Management.

PAMDEP faculty

Keith Bosak 
Keith Bosak
Associate Professor of Nature-Based Tourism & Recreation
keith.bosak@umontana.edu 
Natalie Dawson  
Natalie Dawson
Director of Wilderness Institute, Professor of Ecosystem Sciences
natalie.dawson@cfc.umt.edu 
Jennifer Thomsen
Jenn Thomsen
Assistant professor of Park, Recreation & Tourism Management
jennifer.thomsen@umontana.edu 
Steve McCool
Professor Emeritus of Wildland Recreation Management
stephen.mccool@umontana.edu