Ecotourism, Poverty and Conservation
In partnership with the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Bill Durham, Postdoc Carter Hunt, graduate students and undergrads carry out field research on ecotourism as a means to combat poverty and promote environmental conservation in rural areas of Latin America. One geographical focus of this work is in Tambopata, Peru, where for more than a decade students have undertaken summer projects (up to and including Honors, Masters Theses, and PhD Dissertations) in a range of rain forest ecolodges (see “Undergraduate Research Opportunities,” Department website). Another geographical focus is Costa Rica where a series of published collaborative field studies look at the impact of ecotourism on social, cultural, and environmental well-being.
PI: Bill Durham
Collaborators: CREST, Carter Hunt, graduate and undergraduate students