Journal of Interpretation Research

Advisory Board Members

James Absher

James (Jim) Absher has been the Research Social Scientist for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station for nine years. He specializes in research into communication, interpretation, and customer service issues. Prior to serving in this capacity, Dr. Absher worked as a university professor for over 17 years at the University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and the University of South Australia.

James Absher, Ph.D.
Research Social Scientist
USDA Forest Service
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92507
phone: (909) 680-1559
fax: (909) 680-1501

Michael Manfredo

Michael Manfredo is Professor and Head of the Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at Colorado State University. His research and teaching focus is on the role of social science in natural resource management. He is published in several scholarly journals and has a book entitled Influencing Human Behavior; Theory and Applications in Recreation, Tourism and Natural Resources Management (1992). Dr. Manfredo was also recently chosen as co-editor of the new journal entitled Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

Michael Manfredo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Colorado State University
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
233 Forestry
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1480
fax: (970)-491-2255

Joseph Roggenbuck

Joe Roggenbuck is a Professor of Natural Resource Recreation at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Virginia. His research and teaching interests involve meanings and values of wilderness, human dimensions of wilderness and park management, and interpretation. Dr. Roggenbuck has completed numerous research projects evaluating the effectiveness of environmental interpretation; published numerous conference proceeding papers, journal articles, and book chapters about environmental interpretation; and directed the graduate programs of several young scholars of environmental interpretation.

Joseph Roggenbuck, Ph.D.
Professor, Natural Resource Recreation
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Forestry
304 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0324
phone: (540)-231-7418
fax: (540)-231-3749

Larry Beck

Dr. Larry Beck has taught at San Diego State University in California for over 20 years. He teaches coursework in the areas of outdoor education, environmental interpretation, and wilderness resource management. He has written extensively in the areas of environmental interpretation and outdoor recreation management including the two widely-known books he co-authored Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources (with Doug Knudson and Ted Cable in 1999) and Interpretation for the 21st Century: Fifteen Guiding Principles for Interpreting Nature and Culture (2nd edition with Ted Cable, 2002).

Larry Beck, Ph.D.
Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4531
phone: 619-594-5753

Sam Ham

Sam Ham is Professor and Director for the Center for International Training and Outreach at the University of Idaho. Professor Ham teaches graduate courses in behavioral theory, environmental communication and interpretation, international issues in nature conservation, and recreation and tourism management. He has authored more than 300 publications including his book, Environmental Interpretation (1992). With travel in over 31 countries, much of his work and focus and been in the international arenas of interpretation.

Sam H. Ham, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for International Training & Outreach (CITO)
Department of Resource Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1139 USA
phone: (208)- 882-5128
fax: (208)-882-7588

Betty Weiler

Betty Weiler holds a PhD from the University of Victoria (Canada) and is Professor in the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University (Australia). Her 180+ publications, many in top-tier international tourism research journals, have centered on the tourist experience, and she is one of the world’s leading scholars on the role of the tour guide. Within Australia, Betty is particularly well known for her contribution to visitor management and communication in protected areas, zoos and wildlife attractions, and more recently on research aimed at influencing visitors’ on-site and post-visit behavior.

Betty Weiler, PhD
Professor of Tourism
Department of Management, Berwick Campus
Monash University
PO Box 1071
Narre Warren, VIC 3805 Australia
phone: 61 3 9904 7104
fax: 61 3 9904 7130 (fax)

Gary Machlis

Dr. Gary E. Machlis is the Visiting Senior Scientist for the U.S. National Park Service, and National Coordinator of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network. He is also Professor of Forest Resources and Sociology at the University of Idaho. He has written several books and numerous articles on issues of conservation including (with Don Field) On Interpretation: Sociology for Interpreters of Natural and Cultural History (1992), and his newest book (with Don Field), National Parks and Rural Development (2000).

Gary Machlis, Ph. D.
Professor of Forest Resources and Sociology, National Coordinator for the CESU
College of Natural Resources, Room 16
Department of Forest Resources, University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441133, Moscow, ID 83844-1133
phone: 208.885.7129
fax: 208.885.7080

Sam Vaughn

Sam Vaughn currently serves as Associate Manager for Interpretive Planning at Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service in West Virginia. Sam has worked for Harpers Ferry Center for 13 years, in interpretive planning, visitor studies/social science, and as the service center liaison. Sam has over 30 years experience in the National Park Service at 3 parks, the National Capital Regional Office, and Harpers Ferry Center.

Sam Vaughn
Associate Manager, Interpretive Planning
Harpers Ferry Center
Denver Service Center (HFC), PO Box 25287,
Denver, CO, 80225
phone: (303)-987-6984
fax: (304)-535- 6295

Cem Basman

Cem Basman is an Assistant Professor and a new faculty member of the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University. Previous to his academic appointments, Dr. Basman had a twenty-year career in the interpretation and tourism field in both public and private settings, including operating a consulting firm. Cem is a former president and a Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), where he was instrumental in creating an international professional certification program. He is a Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) and a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). Academic interests of Dr. Basman include persuasion theory and practice as it applies to heritage interpretation and tourism.

Cem Basman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Park Administration
Indiana University
HPER 145
1025 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, ID 47405-7109
phone: (812)-856-1981
fax: (812)-855-3998

Ted Cable

Ted T. Cable is Assistant Department Head and Professor of Park Management and Conservation at Kansas State University. Dr. Cable has consulted on conservation projects in more than 20 states, and has worked extensively in Canada, Latin America, and Africa. Dr. Cable has published widely in the fields of human dimensions of natural resource management, ecotourism, and environmental interpretation. He has authored or coauthored five books and more than 150 articles on conservation-related topics.

Ted T. Cable, Assistant Department Head & Professor
Dept of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources
2021 Throckmorton
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
tel: 785-532-1408
fax: 785-532-5894

Associate Editors

James Absher, Ph.D.
US Forest Service
Coarsegold, California

Larry Beck
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
San Diego State University
San Diego, California

Robert Bixler, Ph.D.
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
College of Health, Education, and Human Development
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

Rosemary Black, Ph.D.
School of Environmental Sciences
Charles Sturt University
Albury, New South Wales

Alan D. Bright, Ph.D.
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

John H. Burde, Ph.D.
Department of Forestry
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois

Lesley Curthoys, Ph.D.
School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Lakehead University, Canada

William E. Hammitt, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
College of Health, Education, and Human Development
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

Doug Knapp, Ph.D.
Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Studies
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Brenda Lackey, Ph.D.
College of Natural Resources
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Steven Martin, Ph.D.
Environmental Science and Management
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California

Chris McCart, Ph.D.
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, South Dakota

Mark Morgan, Ph.D.
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

James Pease, Ph.D.
Deptartment of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (retired)
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Erin Seekamp, Ph.D.
Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Dave Smaldone, Ph.D.
Division of Forestry & Natural Resources
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources
West Virginia University

Marc J. Stern, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (0324)

College of Natural Resources and Environment

Virginia Tech

Gail A. Vander Stoep, Ph.D.
Department of Community Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

John A. Veverka
John Veverka & Associates
Okemos, Michigan