Dr. Stuart Cottrell is a professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and coordinator of the undergraduate concentration in Global Tourism. He has a Ph.D. in Recreation and Parks with a minor in public administration from Penn State University. His research focus includes sustainable tourism development – linking tourism, nature conservation, and protected areas; collaborative conservation and protected area management; and perceptions of landscape disturbance – implications for human dimensions of natural resources, recreation, and tourism. He has conducted collaborative research projects in Argentina, Colorado, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Uruguay. These interdisciplinary efforts contribute broadly to the fields of tourism development in natural resources and natural resource management.
Cottrell teaches courses at Colorado State University in sustainable tourism development, ecotourism, social science research in natural resources and international issues in recreation and tourism. He has taught extensively internationally at Wageningen University and Webster University in the Netherlands, for the International MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecotourism at Naresuan University in Thailand, Central China Normal University, Kuressaare College branch of Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and Vietnam Forestry University. Professionally, he has worked as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and program director for the Boy Scouts of America at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, a marine aquatic program involving sailing, diving, and marine ecology.
If you are interested in international development issues, environmental communications, or ecotourism try out one of Stu’s courses. He will be teaching NRRT 320 International issues in recreation and tourism with a focus on sustainable livelihoods and tourism development issues in countries visited during the voyage with an assessment of how to mediate livelihood issues in those countries. In addition, NRRT 262 Environmental communications gives an overview of the most important environmental communication issues and strategies of our time as experienced on Semester at Sea. Finally, drawing from his marine ecotourism course in the Bahamas and experiences globally, an IE 272 World Interdependence – Current Global Issues course will focus on Ecotourism since this form of tourism has become increasingly significant with its economic potential receiving increased recognition.
When not teaching, Stu’s passion is sailing. He runs his own eco-sailing charters in Florida as the proud owner of a 50-foot classic sailboat with many new waters he looks forward to crossing in the future.