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Overview

  • I am an Assistant Professor in Recreation Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. I design, manage, and analyze natural resource research in parks and protected areas. Broadly, my work focuses on outdoor recreation behaviors and the human dimensions of natural resource management. Specifically, my research models recreation visitor behaviors, decision-making, and experiences within a social-ecological systems framework. This research provides natural resource managers, elected officials, private industry, and the general public with scientifically grounded, data-driven, and legally defensible results to best manage outdoor recreation visitation. Research collaborators include the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sea Grant, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, NH State Parks, and other various federal, state, local, and private organizations.

    A second aspect of my career involves educating and mentoring undergraduate and graduate level university students. I teach courses such as recreation resource management, human dimension of natural environments, recreation facility design and management, marketing the recreation experience, and the history of outdoor recreation. I model my teaching philosophy on a constructivist approach where I include applied, experiential, and group-based learning techniques which emphasize the development of applicable problem-solving skills. Throughout all of my courses I include elements of my own research to provide students with real-world situation and resulting trade-offs to better prepare them as they emerge as recreation professionals.

    I am also the co-founder of the Applied Recreation Research Collaborative (ARRC) laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. For more information, please visit: https://www.unharrc.com/
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Uncharted waters: Exploring coastal recreation impacts, coping behaviors, and attitudes towards offshore wind energy development in the United StatesEnergy Research and Social Science.  75:102029-102029. 2021
    2020 What do outdoor recreationists think of fracking? Politics, ideology, and perceptions of shale gas energy development in Pennsylvania State ForestsEnergy Research and Social Science.  62:101384-101384. 2020
    2020 Developing visitor thresholds of sound from shale natural gas compressors for motorized and non-motorized recreation users in Pennsylvania State ForestsApplied Acoustics.  157:107012-107012. 2020
    2019 The Impacts of Shale Natural Gas Energy Development on Outdoor Recreation: A Statewide Assessment of PennsylvaniansJournal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.  27:1-10. 2019
    2019 The Association of Constraints, Negotiations, and Social Influences with Recreation Specialization among Recreational Baseball ParticipantsJournal of Park and Recreation Administration.  37:40-58. 2019
    2019 Winds of change - Predicting water-based recreationists' support and opposition for offshore wind energy development in the Great LakesJournal of Great Lakes Research.  45:187-195. 2019
    2018 Innovations in Outdoor Recreation Visitor Use Management: Applying Market Segmentation at the Timberline Lodge Recreation ComplexInternational Leisure Review.  7:108-131. 2018
    2018 Coping with Climate Change: A Study of Great Lakes Water-Based RecreationistsJournal of Park and Recreation Administration.  36:52-74. 2018

    Teaching Activities

  • Hist Outdoor Pursuits North Am Taught course 2021
  • Independent Study Taught course 2021
  • Rec Admin & Organization Behav Taught course 2021
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Program and Event Marketing Taught course 2020
  • Venue Mgmt Design & Operations Taught course 2020
  • Venue Mgmt Design & Operations Taught course 2020
  • Venue Mgmt Design & Operations Taught course 2020
  • Venue Mgmt Design & Operations Taught course 2020
  • Hist Outdoor Pursuits North Am Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Program and Event Marketing Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2019
  • Mgt & Design Recreation & Park Taught course 2019
  • Recreation Resource Management Taught course 2019
  • Hist Outdoor Pursuits North Am Taught course 2019
  • Rec Admin & Organization Behav Taught course 2019
  • Mgt & Design Recreation & Park Taught course 2018
  • Mgt & Design Recreation & Park Taught course 2018
  • Program and Event Marketing Taught course 2018
  • Teaching Practicum Taught course 2018
  • Hist Outdoor Pursuits North Am Taught course 2018
  • Mgt & Design Recreation & Park Taught course 2018
  • Mgt & Design Recreation & Park Taught course 2018
  • Program and Event Marketing Taught course 2017
  • Recreation Resource Management Taught course 2017
  • Full Name

  • Michael Ferguson
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Recreation Management and Policy

    4 library Way, 193 Hewitt Hall

    Durham, New Hampshire  03824

    United States