is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. As a member of the university's Park Studies Laboratory, she conducts research that addresses planning and management of outdoor recreation in parks, wilderness, and related areas. She has been fortunate to visit many units of the U.S. national park system and has conducted field research in Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Parks. Laura is an author of several research papers, has served as a reviewer for a number of academic journals, and is an Associate Editor for Leisure Sciences. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University (B.A.), the Ohio State University (M.S.), and University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Ph.D.).
is a Professor in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program at the University of Vermont where he is also Director of the university's Park Studies Laboratory. He teaches and conducts research on the history, philosophy and management of parks, wilderness and related areas. He has conducted a long-term program of research for the US National Park Service and other park and outdoor recreation agencies, and has spent four year-long sabbatical leaves with the National Park Service. He is the author of over a hundred journal articles and several books, including 'Studies in Outdoor Recreation: Search and Research for Satisfaction (Third Edition)' (Oregon State University Press), 'Parks and People: Managing Outdoor Recreation at Acadia National Park' (University Press of New England), and 'Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy' (Island Press). He has received a number of awards, including being named a University Scholar (University of Vermont), the Social Science Achievement Award (George Wright Society), the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Research (National Recreation and Park Association), the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (University of Vermont), the Louis F. Twardzik Outstanding Alumni Award (Michigan State University) and the National Literary Award (National Recreation and Park Association).