Alan D. Bright, PhD.


Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Fields of Expertise

Water Management and Planning

Areas of Interest

Theoretical applications of social psychological constructs toward the management of natural resources, Public attitudes and values of natural resource management issues and strategies


Alan Bright is a Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Al teaches courses in tourism marketing and strategic management in the Natural Resource Tourism concentration of the Department of HDNR. Al’s research has focused on a variety of human dimensions of natural resources issues, including social psychological aspects of recreation and tourism behavior as well as public values and attitudes toward natural resource management strategies such as wildland fire management and the creation of defensible space in the wildland-urban interface. Most recently, Al has worked extensively with the National Park Service on research regarding the wayshowing/wayfinding and visitor satisfaction on linear tourism assets such as the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the accompanying Auto Tour Route. In his spare time Al coaches the best youth baseball, hockey, and football teams in Fort Collins, or so he claims.