William Rice

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William Rice

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation and Wildland Management

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Personal Summary

My current research seeks to provide wildland managers with social science to improve the experiences of all visitors while preserving the ecosystems that support those experiences. This agenda focuses broadly on improving measurement and management of demand for recreational ecosystem services (e.g., physical, mental, and social wellbeing) in parks and protected areas. More specifically, I'm interested in the personal and social outcomes demanded by recreationists and developing innovative tools and measures that can be used by public land managers to ensure the sustainable attainment of these outcomes.

In service of this research agenda, I frequently collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of conservation social scientists, resource economists, recreation ecologists, tourism scholars, and public land management agency partners.

Please check out my website for updated information, about research, current projects, graduate assistantships, and courses.


Ph.D Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, The Pennsylvania State University, 2020
M.S. Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, The Pennsylvania State University, 2018
B.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Policy, Clemson University, 2016

Courses Taught

PTRM 482: Wilderness and Protected Area Management
PTRM 485: Recreation Planning

Research Interests

Recreational Ecosystem Services
Protected Area Management
Visitor Use Management
Demand for Outdoor Recreation
Human Health and Nature
Spatial Analysis

Prospective Grads

I'm currently recruiting graduate students looking to enroll in Fall 2021. Assistantship funding is available. Please email me with an updated résumé or CV if you're interested in applying.