The Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Tourism Lab (ORET) research team is situated in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah is comprised of accomplished Ph.D. researchers who hold diverse expertise and practical experience in all areas related to ORET Lab’s mission, goals, and services.
Dr. Bricker has inter-disciplinary research interests that address issues faced by business enterprises, local communities, public and private land managers, with respect to the sustainable management of outdoor recreation and tourism. Dr. Bricker works to evaluate environmental and social impacts of tourism, issues relative to managing nature-based recreation areas, visitor experiences and demand, certifications and guidelines, and natural resource related visitor capacities. Through her work with a range of stakeholders and contexts, Kelly has explored problems relevant to rural communities in developing countries and gateway community pressures in and near protected areas. Kelly contributes to understanding the complex relationships between sustainable recreation and tourism and the health and well-being of communities and their constituents. Recently, she co-authored edited Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change. Dr. Bricker has presented in numerous international and regional conferences and symposiums on topics relevant to sustainable tourism and natural resource recreation. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Geographies, and the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, and several books. She currently serves as the Chair of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and Vice Chair for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). More Researcher Information
Dr. Brownlee conducts inter-disciplinary research that links outdoor recreation and resource management, and provides information to help park and protected area managers plan for, monitor, and evaluate visitor experiences. Dr. Brownlee uses visitor surveys (internet and on-site sampling), in-depth interviews, GPS visitor tracking, trail and traffic counters, and photographic methods (time-lapsed and manipulated conditions) to help managers evaluate visitors’ a) on-site behaviors, motivations and benefits, b) perceptions of environmental conditions, and c) park crowding and carrying capacities. His research involves work with multiple land management agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and private organizations. Dr. Brownlee has presented at numerous international and regional conferences on natural resource topics related to outdoor recreation and protected areas. His work is often published in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Environmental Management, Society and Natural Resources, and Park Science. More Researcher Information
Dr. Sibthorp teaches courses on youth programming, outdoor education, and research design and analysis. Jim’s current research focuses on youth development through outdoor and adventure programming. Through his work with both the American Camp Association (ACA) and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Jim continues to design, implement, and translate studies that bridge research and practice. Jim has written extensively on topics involving outdoor and adventure education and regularly publishes in the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, and the Journal of Experiential Education. He is a coauthor (with Alan Ewert) of Outdoor Adventure Education: Foundations, Theory, and Research, which was published in 2014. He currently serves on the Research Advisory Council for the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors and the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Association of Experiential Education. More Researcher Information