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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Brian Peterson

Dr. Brian Peterson

Research Assistant Professor

Park Management and Conservation

Kansas State University
 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6170
Fx: +1-785-532-6949

Biography & Education


Dr. Brian A. Peterson is an applied researcher whose research integrates social, spatiotemporal, geographic, and ecological data to understand human behavior and experiences within parks and protected areas so that society can to continue to benefit from these areas. He has conducted research at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Buffalo National River, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bonneville Salt Flats, and the Appalachian Trail. Dr. Peterson also serves on the board of the George Wright Society and annually organizes a student summit event aimed at producing student publications.

  • Ph.D. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University (2020)
  • M.S. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah (2016)
  • B.A. Biology, University of San Diego (2004)


  • Peterson, B. A., Brownlee, M. T., Hallo, J. C., Beeco, J. A., White, D. L., Sharp, R. L., & Cribbs, T. W. (2020). Spatiotemporal variables to understand visitor travel patterns: A management-centric approach. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 31, 100316.
  • Peterson, B. A., Perry, E. E., Brownlee, M. T., & Sharp, R. (2020). The transient nature of concentrated use at a national park: A spatiotemporal investigation into visitor behavior. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 31, 100310.
  • Zajchowski, C. A., Brownlee, M. T., Blacketer, M. P., Peterson, B. A., Craft, K., & Bowen, B. B. (2020). Rapid Resource Change and Visitor-Use Management: Social–ecological Connections at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Environmental Management, 66(2), 263-277.
  • Miller, L. B., Hallo, J. C., Dvorak, R. G., Fefer, J. P., Peterson, B. A., & Brownlee, M. T. (2020). On the edge of the world: examining pro-environmental outcomes of last chance tourism in Kaktovik, Alaska. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(11), 1703-1722.
  • Peterson, B. A., Brownlee, M. T., & Marion, J. L. (2018). Mapping the relationships between trail conditions and experiential elements of long-distance hiking. Landscape and Urban Planning, 180, 60-75.
  • Riungu, G. K., Peterson, B. A., Beeco, J. A., & Brown, G. (2018). Understanding visitors’ spatial behavior: a review of spatial applications in parks. Tourism Geographies, 20(5), 833-857.




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