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Dr. Robyn Ceurvorst

Dr. Robyn Ceurvorst

Assistant Professor (Research Interests: recreation resource management)
Department: Environment & Society
Departmental Role: Environment & Society Faculty
Status: Faculty
Location:  Moab Education Center
Office Phone:  435.259.7432
125 W. 200 S.
Moab, UT 84532


After achieving her Ph.D. from the Department of Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University in Forest Resources, Recreation Resource Management, Dr. Ceurvorst joined USU at the Moab Education Center in 2011.  Her research and teaching focuses on a variety of recreation resource management aspects such as: Human dimensions / social psychology of recreation dimensions regarding river management, multi-use public lands/waters issues, and other natural resource management arenas; planning, management, and policy of terrestrial, coastal and marine recreation areas, parks and protected areas; national & international tourism, ecotourism, nature-based tourism, and adventure tourism; outdoor adventure recreation education, risk management, and natural resources interpretation; research and survey methods; quantitative (statistical) analyses; and experiential learning, trip planning / leading / guiding, and adventure dynamics. Her current projects examine: (1) River users’ knowledge, norms, support and experiences regarding tamarisk control methods in the Green and Colorado River corridors through Canyonlands National Park; (2) Collaborative, Transboundary planning and management of the Indian Creek Special Recreation Area; and (3) An upcoming assessment of the Arkansas River Recreation Area Management Plan.

Dr. Ceurvorst received her M.S. from the Warner College of Natural Resources in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources with an emphasis in Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University. Her B.A. degree was achieved through the College of Education from the University of Northern Iowa in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services, a certificate in Outdoor Recreation, and a minor in Business Administration. For over ten years, Dr. Ceurvorst lived and worked in many locations across the USA and internationally as an adventure (e.g., whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing) guide, trip leader, outfitter manager, environmental educator and interpreter, camp counselor, elementary school teaching assistant, outdoor education program planner and risk management coordinator and small company owner. In 2006, for example, she worked in Morocco, Africa as an adventure guide and trip planner and leader for a small, nature-based tourism and adventure company based out of England and New Zealand. Dr. Ceurvorst has been a research assistant, teaching assistant and instructor OSU, CSU, UNI and Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

ENVS 4950/6900 Special Topics: Wildland Recreation Use Impacts and Assessment
ENVS 2340 Natural Resources & Society
ENVS 4130 Recreation Planning & Policy
ENVS 4920 Special Projects in Recreation Management
ENVS 4500 Recreation Behavior & Theory
ENVS 4600 Natural Resources Interpretation

Graduate Students:
Chase Lamborn- M.S. Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management

Other Departmental and Program Affiliatons:
USU Moab Education Center
Regional Campuses and Distance Education
Canyonlands Research Center