The Upper Navua Conservation Area, Fiji
  • Director, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

Research Summary

My research interests center on sustainable tourism and impacts on communities and the environment. I have been funded to develop sustainable tourism guidelines for the tourism industry in North America; explore sustainable tourism certification programs in the USA; understand public land managers conceptualization of sustainable recreation; and study the impact of tourism on health and well-being of community members in small island nations (i.e., Fiji).


  • PhD, Parks, Recreation, Tourism / Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • MS, Parks, Recreation, Tourism / Communications, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
  • BS, Parks, Recreation, Tourism / Zoology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL


Dr. Bricker is a Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, located in the College of Health. She completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and protected area management. She has research and teaching interests in ecotourism, sense of place, community development, natural resource management, value of nature-based experiences, and the impacts of tourism.  She has authored and edited books on sustainability, which highlight case studies in tourism meeting environmental and societal issues in Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change; educational texts focused on adventure education in Adventure Programing and Travel for the 21st Century and graduate education in De-Mystifying Theories in Tourism Research; and most recently, relevant to current projects, co-edited This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature’s Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families (Sagamore Publishing, LLC). Dr. Bricker serves the boards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organization 10YFP for sustainable development, and the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist Group of the IUCN. With partners in OARS and her husband, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji.