Needham, Mark

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Professor; Director of the Natural Resources, Tourism, and Recreation (NATURE) Studies Lab; FES Graduate Program Director
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

204 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-1498
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-5814
The Academy of Leisure Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Graduate Students’ Award for Outstanding Faculty for 2013
College of Forestry Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Advising Professor for 2009
College of Forestry Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Professor for 2007
B.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, 1999, University of Victoria, Canada
M.A., Geography, 2002, University of Victoria, Canada
Ph.D., Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, 2006, Colorado State University
Research Areas: 
  • Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
  • Social Science, Policy and Natural Resources
  • Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Research Interests: 
  • Human Dimensions
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Social Science
  • Tourism
Human dimensions of natural resources (e.g., wildlife, forestry, marine issues); applications of social psychology to natural resource issues (e.g., norms, attitudes, values, specialization, risk, trust); recreation and tourism in parks and other areas (e.g., marine and terrestrial protected areas, rivers, ski areas); carrying capacity, crowding, and conflict; and survey design and quantitative methods


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
Courses Taught: 
  • TRAL 251
    Recreation Resource Management
    Fall Term
  • TRAL 353
    Nature, Eco, and Adventure Tourism
    Fall Term
  • FES 523
    Quantitative Analysis in Social Science
    Fall Term

Complete Publications List:

For a complete list of publications, visit NATURE Studies Lab website