Matthew Tyler James Brownlee, Ph.D. portrait
  • Coordinator of the Natural Resources Recreation Planning and Management emphasis area, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Affiliate Faculty, Global Change and Sustainability Center

Research Statement


Dr. Brownlee's inter-disciplinary research links outdoor recreation and resource management, and provides information to help park and protected area managers plan for, monitor, and evaluate visitor experiences. He uses visitor surveys (internet and on-site sampling methods) and photographic methods to help managers evaluate visitors’ 1) on-site behaviors, motivations and benefits, 2) perceptions of environmental conditions, and 3) park crowding and carrying capacities. He also examines how nature-based recreationists’ interactions and attachments to climate-sensitive and impacted environments influence their 1) attitudes towards sustainability initiatives, 2) visitation and recreation behavior, and 3) opinions about global climate change. Dr. Brownlee's research generally incorporates student learning and addresses a pertinent management need in addition to unanswered academic questions. 


Research Keywords

  • protected area management
  • human dimensions of climate change
  • Outdoor Recreation Use
  • National Parks

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Expertise in Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), latent variable measurement, time-lapsed photography of human behavior, outcome testing. Contact: Matthew TJ Brownlee, Ph.D. , 801-585-7239 , 1901 Campus Drive, Annex C.