Recreation Ecology Research Network
Recreation ecology is the field of ecology that is
concerned with the impacts of recreation on the environment. Despite the importance
of this topic to sustainable tourism and the management of parks, recreational
and other protected areas, research in this field has been sparse, disparate
and relatively uncoordinated. For a brief period of time in the 1970s and early
1980s, a Recreation Ecology Research Group existed in the
In October 2005, a small group of recreation ecologists
(Ralf Buckley [by phone], Chris Carr, David Cole, Yu-Fai Leung, Jeff Marion,
Chris Monz and Catherine Pickering [through correspondence]) met to discuss the
status of recreation ecology and identify ways to make the field more vibrant.
We decided that it was important to do the following:
Develop venues for better communication among recreation ecologists.
Promote collaboration among recreation ecologists.
Participate in meetings and other venues with other ecologists, recreation social scientists, and managers (to increase collaboration, identify funding sources and to establish professional networks for graduate students interested in recreation ecology).
Promote conceptual and theoretical development in the field.
We decided that we could immediately make progress on the first two of these needs by developing an informal network of recreation ecology researchers. In the future, this network might be expanded to include managers and researchers in related fields. We might decide to develop a professional organization and/or to write a regular newsletter. The initial step we decided to take was to create the Recreation Ecology Research Network E-mail Discussion List (The “RECECOL” Listserv) to facilitate dialogue among recreation ecology researchers. In the future, we will seek thoughts about where this network might go, ideas about how to promote collaboration amongst us, about potential funding sources, and about research priorities. We will also explore interest in developing a professional organization for recreation ecologists. We also welcome suggestions about other researchers to invite.
Last Updated: November 26, 2009 YFL