Professor of Recreation Resources
Office: 1611 Throckmorton
Area(s) of Specialization:
Natural and Cultural Heritage Interpretation, Ecotourism, Park & Natural Resource Management
Bio BriefCable was born in California but grew up in Lansing, Illinois, a Chicago suburb with easy access to the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan. His childhood interests in these surroundings lead Cable to pursue a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois – Chicago. He then got his teaching certificate and began teaching at the high school level in nearby Indiana. Eventually he chose to return to the college setting to attain his M.S. and Ph.D., in Wildlife Ecology and Forest Recreation respectively, from Purdue University.
Armed with his Ph.D., Cable came to Manhattan, Kansas and has stayed and enjoyed his time here because as he states, "I have been given the freedom to gain knowledge and extend my sphere of influence through speaking engagements, writing and travel."
Since he first began his appointment at Kansas State University in 1984, Cable has moved up from Assistant Professor to full Professor in 1995 and Assistant Department Head in 2002. When prompted about his focus for his students, Cable replied, "I want them to see the bigger picture, to think beyond Kansas, to think internationally and not limit themselves geographically, but rather to see and seek opportunities which encompass the world." Cable's own world view has also allowed him to travel to 30 countries and every US state except North Dakota. Cable is a Fellow Member of the National Association for Interpretation, a non-profit organization for advancing the profession of heritage interpretation.
Additionally, he has been asked to help design several nature parks and preserves. According to Cable, “you create a tract of land to produce targeted experiences…like a manufacturing plant, you’re manufacturing happiness and inspiration.”
“My avocation [activities in addition to one’s principal occupation] is my vocation. I love to travel and write,” says Cable. He also enjoys bird watching and has written four books on the subject.
B.S. Biology, University of Illinois - Chicago, 1974
M.S. Wildlife Ecology, Purdue University, 1980
Ph.D. Forest Recreation, Purdue University, 1984
Area of Emphasis
Cable specializes in Natural and Cultural Interpretation, Ecotourism, as well as Park and Natural Resource Management. As he states, “I try to get students to see the bigger picture…to think beyond Kansas and on an international level, imagine the bigger world out there.”
Currently Cable is working on a research project in Southwest Kansas, focused around the birds of the Cimarron National Grasslands in Morton County. He is currently working on the Second Edition of his book, “The Birds of the Cimarron National Grasslands.”
In addition to his work in Kansas, Cable has been able to extend his sphere of influence all across the world working with various projects and organizations. He has traveled as a visiting professor to Pascal University in France, assisted with ecotourism planning in conjunction with Paraguay’s Defenders of Chaco National Park, and most recently traveled to Mali (West Africa) on an ecotourism feasibility team revolving around the country’s last remaining herd of elephants.
Books (author of 13 books about nature and interpretation)
Cable, T and W. Maley. (in press). Driving Across Kansas: A Guide to I-70. Second Edition. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. 243p.
Cable, T and J. Cable. 2013. The Kingbird and the Kinglet. Mennonite Press. 60p.
Cadden, L. and T. Cable. 2013. Traveling Through Illinois: Stories of Landmarks and Landscapes between ST. Louis and Chicago. The History Press. 192p.
Beck, L. and T. Cable. 2011. The Gifts of Interpretation: Fifteen Guiding Principles for Interpreting Nature and Culture. Third Edition. Sagamore Publishing, Urbana, IL 205p. (also published in China, excerpts translated into French and Spanish)
Cable, T. and S. Seltman. 2011. Birds of the Cimarron National Grassland, Second Edition. USDA Forest Service. Gov. Printing Office. Boulder, CO 152p.
Cable, T. and L. Cadden. 2010. Driving Across Missouri: An Interpretive Guide to I-70. University Press of Kansas. Lawrence. 162p.
Beck, L. and T. Cable. 2010. Interpretive Perspectives. InterpPress. Ft. Collins, CO
Marshall, D. and T. Cable. 2010. To Timbuktu and Beyond: A Missionary Memoir. Westbow Press. 152p.
Students & Staff
Specialization: Environmental Interpretation
Specialization: Park Resource Management
Marisol Mayorga Castro
|Course #||Title||Semester||Delivery Method|
|FOR 375||Introduction to Natural Resource Management||Fall||On Campus|
|RRES 635||Methods of Environmental Interpretation||Fall||On Campus|
|RRES 640||Advanced Interpretation||Spring||On Campus|