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Published February 13, 2019
An expert on the impact of visitors in national parks and other protected areas has been hired to help build the University of Wyoming’s new degree program in outdoor recreation and tourism management.
Abby Sisneros-Kidd will begin her new position as assistant professor in UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources in August. She comes to UW from Utah State University, where she is a postdoctoral researcher and teaching fellow in the Department of Environment and Society.
At UW, she will help guide the development and expansion of one of the university’s newest degree programs. The outdoor recreation and tourism management (ORTM) bachelor’s degree program, a collaborative effort between the Haub School and the College of Business, launched last fall.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Sisneros-Kidd join the Haub School,” Dean Melinda Benson says. “The ORTM program is an important program for our state. Her teaching, research and experience are a great addition to our growing school.”
Sisneros-Kidd’s research examines various aspects of visitor spatial behavior in parks and protected areas -- from the effects of minimum-impact education for visitor off-trail travel to behavior of visitors during traffic jams caused by wildlife. Much of Sisneros-Kidd’s research has focused on visitor behavior and recreation management issues in Wyoming and the Intermountain West, including research conducted at Grand Teton National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
In her new position in the Haub School, Sisneros-Kidd will continue her research in outdoor recreation, teach in the ORTM program, and provide service to this important industry in the state and region.
Sisneros-Kidd received her Ph.D. in environment and society, studying recreation ecology with Professor Chris Monz at Utah State University. Sisneros-Kidd currently teaches “Fundamentals of Recreation Resource Management” and serves as manager of the Monz Lab. Before pursuing her Ph.D., Sisneros-Kidd received her master’s degree and teaching certificate in teaching and learning from DePaul University in Chicago and worked for five years as a middle and high school science teacher.
Sisneros-Kidd is an avid recreationist who enjoys backcountry skiing, trail running, alpine and rock climbing, backpacking, hiking and bike touring. She is most at home in the mountains and loves spending time there with friends and family, especially her husband and daughter and their two dogs.