Stuart Cottrell, PhD.

Professor and Coordinator of Global Tourism Concentration

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Fields of Expertise

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism, Science Communication

Areas of Interest

Sustainable tourism development, Collaborative conservation and protected area management, Perceptions of landscape disturbance


Stuart is a professor in human dimensions of natural resources and teaches courses in ecotourism, sustainable tourism development, protected area management and research in human dimensions of natural resources. His research focus includes sustainable tourism development - linking tourism, nature conservation and protected areas; collaborative conservation and protected area management; and perceptions of landscape disturbance - implications for human dimensions of natural resources, recreation and tourism. He has conducted collaborative research projects in Argentina, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Uruguay. These interdisciplinary efforts contribute broadly to the fields of tourism development in natural resources and natural resource management. Cottrell teaches courses at Colorado State University in sustainable tourism development, ecotourism, social science research in natural resources and international issues in recreation and tourism. He has taught extensively internationally at Wageningen University and Webster University in the Netherlands, for the International MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecotourism at Naresuan University in Thailand, Central China Normal University, Kuressaare College branch of Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and Vietnam Forestry University. Professionally, he has worked as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and director of program for the Boy Scouts of America at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base.