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University of Utah professor will discuss ecotourism at BHSU Research Symposium

 
 Dr. Kelly Bricker, interim chair and associate professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, March 27 at 2 p.m. in the Black Hills State University’s Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall during the 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS).
Dr. Kelly Bricker spent her childhood surrounding herself with anything having to do with nature and the outdoors from camping underneath the stars to canoeing. Since then, she has been a leader in the efforts to conserve and protect those natural places for future generations.

 

Bricker, interim chair and associate professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, March 27 at 2 p.m. in the Black Hills State University’s Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall during the 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS). Her talk is titled “Sustainable Tourism – A system for positive change? “

 

Bricker also works as a senior research scientist in recreation administration with HDR, an environmental planning firm in Sacramento, Calif. She holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and a master’s degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University. She completed her doctorate research at Pennsylvania State University where she focused on sustainable tourism and resource management. She has special research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and the environmental and social impacts of tourism. Bricker has conducted research on heritage tourism, social impacts of tourism, and natural resource-related tourism environments. She has presented papers and published on issues in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and incentive travel programs, ecotourism certification and policy, and health and sustainable tourism relative to communities.

 

With her husband Nathan, Bricker developed Rivers Fiji, an ecotourism company. She currently serves as the Chair of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Chair of The International Ecotourism Society.

 

The annual Research Symposium highlights the scholarly works of BHSU students and faculty across disciplines. Poster presentations will be available for viewing all day, Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27, in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby. Poster judging with a question and answer session will be held Wednesday from 3-5 p.m.

 

Student oral research presentations will be Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Trump Conference Room, followed by a reception at 1:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. The student awards ceremony and keynote speaker presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Meier Recital Hall.

 

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information or to request special accommodations, email Holly Downing at Holly.Downing@BHSU.edu  or Ignatius Cahyanto at Ignatius.Cahyanto@BHSU.edu or visit www.BHSU.edu/ResearchSymposium.

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