Dr. Ryan Sharp
Biography & Education
Dr. Sharp was born in Virginia, but raised in Syracuse, New York. He spent his youth exploring the countryside of rural upstate New York and developing a love of parks and protected areas. His father, an earth science teacher, would take him to National Parks and National Forest during the summer to hike and camp. These trips planted the seed for his ultimate choice of professions, to teach and conduct research related to parks and protected areas.
Dr. Sharp has held positions at Acadia National Park in Maine and as a visitor use specialist with the National Park Service Denver Planning Division. These experiences have informed his research and teaching and have allowed him to provide students with an inside look at park and protected area management.
Dr. Sharp strives to encourage students to expand their thought processes and help them develop critical thinking skills. Helping the student connect the importance of the material to their own lives and their own context is the ultimate goal.
He enjoys visiting parks with his wife and two children in his free time.
- Ph.D. Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia (2010)
- M.Ed. Outdoor Education Administration, Georgia College and State University (2005)
- B.S. Physical Education, State University of New York at Cortland (1998)
- An examination of extended day use on corridor trails at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
- Evaluating visitor preferences for the Shenandoah National Park Visitor mobile app
- Research to inform visitor use management planning at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
- Understanding temporal and spatial distribution of visitors at Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA
- Understanding visitor use and developing visitor use monitoring protocols for The Nature Conservancy properties in Kansas
- Visitor use management research to inform desired social and natural conditions for visitor experiences at Katmai National Park & Preserve (KATM) and Lake Clark National Park & Preserve (LACL), AK
- Larson, L. R., Peterson, M. N., von Furstenberg, R., Vayer, V., Lee, K. J., Choi, D., Stevenson, K., Ahlers, A., Anhalt-Depies, C., Bruskotter, J., Chizinki, C., Dayer, A., Ghasemi, B., Gigliotti, L., Graefe, A., Irwin, K., Keith, S., Kelly, M., Kyle, G., Metcalf, E., Morse, W., Needham, M., Poudyal, N., Quartuch, M., Rodriguez, S., Romulo, C., Sharp, R. L., Siemer, W., Springer, M., Stedman, R., Stein, T., van Deelen, T., Whiting, J., Winkler, R., & Woosnam, K. (2021). The future of wildlife conservation funding in the United States (through the eyes of college students). Conservation Science and Practice.
- Peterson, B.A., Fefer, J.P., Sharp, R.L., Skibins, J. & Brunson, M.A. (2021). Visitor perceptions of WiFi access and cellular network service. Social Sciences & Humanities.
- Peterson, B., Sharp, R.L., Fefer, J., & Brunson, M. (2021). The utility of GIS for identifying areas of recreation conflict for targeted interpretive messaging. Journal of Interpretation Research.
- Nettles, J.M.*, Brownlee, M.T.J., Hallo, J.C., Jachowski, D.S., Sharp, R.L., & Erlenback, J.A. (2021). A national assessment of knowledge of bear safety and appropriate behavior. Ursus
- Vayer, V.*, Larson, L. R., Peterson, M. N., von Furstenberg, R., Lee, K. J., Choi, D., Stevenson, K., Ahlers, A., Anhalt-Depies, C., Bruskotter, J., Chizinki, C., Dayer, A., Ghasemi, B., Gigliotti, L., Graefe, A., Irwin, K., Keith, S., Kelly, M., Kyle, G., Metcalf, E., Morse, W., Needham, M., Poudyal, N., Quartuch, M., Rodriguez, S., Romulo, C., Sharp, R. L., Siemer, W., Springer, M., Stedman, R., Stein, T., van Deelen, T., Whiting, J., Winkler, R., & Woosnam, K. (2021). Searching for future hunters: R3 opportunities and insights from diverse university campuses across the United States. Journal of Wildlife Management.
- Nettles, J.M.*, Brownlee, M.T.J., Hallo, J.C., Jachowski, D.S., Sharp, R.L., & Erlenback, J.A. (2021). Integrating emotional affect into bear viewing management and bear safety education. Ecology and Society.
- Nettles, J.M.*, Brownlee, M.T.J., & Sharp, R.L. (2021). Utilization distributions as a tool for understanding visitor use in remote parks and protected areas. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
- Nettles, J.M.*, Brownlee, M.T.J., Sharp, R.L., Blacketer, M.P., & Hallo, J.C. (2021). Norm stability: Visitors’ thresholds for crowding at Cumberland Island National Seashore. Leisure Sciences.
- Nettles, J.M.*, Brownlee, M.T.J., Sharp, R.L., Blacketer, M., & Peterson, B.A. (2021). Seasonal and destination-based variation in visitor travel routes in a designated wilderness. International Journal of Wilderness.
- Jackson, S.K.*, Sharp, R.L., Mailey, E.L., & Ahlers, A.A. (2021). Physical activity and stress levels associated with a visit to Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Park Stewardship Forum.
- Cribbs, T.W., Sharp, R.L., Brownlee, M.T.J., Perry, E., & Fefer, J. (2021). In search of solitude: A case study of wilderness and non-wilderness river users. International Journal of Wilderness.
- Sharp, R.L., Bradley, M.J., & Maples, J.M. (2020). Who has the right of way? Equity and economics of off-highway vehicle use in eastern Kentucky. Journal of Appalachian Studies.
- Little, C.*, Perry, E., Fefer, J., Brownlee, M., & Sharp, R.L. (2020). An interdisciplinary review of camera image collection and analysis techniques, with learnings for environmental social science. Data, 5(51).
- Peterson, B.A.*, Perry, E.E., Brownlee, M.T.J., & Sharp, R.L. (2020). The transient nature of concentrated use at a national park: A spatiotemporal investigation into visitor behavior. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.
- Dagan, D.T.*, Sharp, R.L., Brownlee, M.T.J., & Wilkins, E.J. (2020). Social media data in remote and low-use backcountry areas: Applications and limitations. International Journal of Wilderness.
- Bradley, M.J., Maples, J.N., & Sharp, R.L. (2020). Identifying perceived barriers to social equity and equal access in Kentucky state parks. Kentucky Society of Health and Physical Education, 57(2), 18-27.
- Clark, B.G., Maples, J.N., & Sharp, R.L. (in press). Awareness and application of minimum impact principles among rock climbers in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education.
- Clark, M.*, Wilkins, E.*, Dagan, D.T.*, Powell, R., Sharp, R.L., & Hillis, V. (2019). Bringing forecasting into the future: Using Google to predict visitation in the U.S. National Parks. Environmental Management, 243, 88-94.
- Cribbs, T.W.*, Sharp, R.L., & Brownlee, M.T.J. (2019). Evaluating the influence of photo order on park visitors’ perceptions of crowding at Buffalo National River.
- Sharp, R.L, Cable, T.T, & Burns, A.* (2019). The application of GPS visitor trackers: Implications for interpretation at heritage sites. Journal of Interpretation Research, 24(1).
- Loomis, J., Richardson, L., Huber, C., Skibins, J.C. & Sharp, R.L. (2018). A method to value nature-related webcam viewing: the value of virtual use with application to brown bear webcam viewing. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy.
- Liu, H. & Sharp, R.L. (2018). Wildlife attitudes influence on preference for management of black bears. Ursus.
- Sharp, R.L., Bradley, M.J., Maples, J. (2017). A methodological evaluation of an environmental education survey: Is there a technological advantage? Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership, 9(3).
- Skibins, J.C. & Sharp, R.L. (2017). Evaluation of the brown bear viewing experience at Katmai National Park and Preserve: Implications for management. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 22(5).
- Larson, L.R., Stayton, B., Sharp, R.L., Ahlers, A., & Downer, J.W. (2017). Colleges and universities: A prime target for R3 efforts. The Wildlife Professional, 11(4).
- Sharp, R.L., Cleckner, L. & DiPillo, S.* (2016). The impact of on-site educational outreach on recreational users' perceptions of aquatic invasive species and their management. Environmental Education Research.
- Sharp, R.L., Kurtz, J.* & Maples, J. (2016). Challenges and Opportunities Associated with a Long-Term Comparative Analysis of Campsites and Rockshelters in the Clifty Wilderness, KY, USA. International Journal of Wilderness, 22(1).
- Summers, J., Bradley, M.J., Johnson, A.* & Sharp, R.L. (2016). Viability of hunting as a means of wild hog population management on federal property. Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship.
- Sharp, R.L. & Sharp, J.A. & Miller, C.A. (2015). An island in a sea of development: The interaction of place attachment, activity type, and crowding in an urban national park. Visitor Studies, 18(2), 196-213.
- Lakes, R.M.* & Sharp, R.L. (2015). Visitor perceptions of black bear management options in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, U.S.A. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 20(2).
- Bradley, M.J., Liu, H., Chalkidou, T.V., Sharp, R. L., & Wu, I. (2015). This land is our land: Identifying Oklahomans' support of a federal conservation effort. Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, 52 (2).
Environmental stewardship, resource recreation management, parks and protected area management, human dimensions of natural resources, effectiveness of educational programs / interpretation.
|Course #||Title||Semester||Delivery Method|
|PMC 275||Natural Resources Conservation||Fall||On Campus|
|PMC 495||Undergraduate Research||Fall, Spring, Summer||On Campus|
|PMC 620||Park Planning and Design||Fall||On Campus|
|PMC 820||Outdoor Recreation Behavior||Fall, Spring||On Campus|