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Gary Green

Dr. Green is an Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor within the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Dr. Green received his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Green regularly teaches and conducts research on subjects related to natural resource management, outdoor recreation, environmental interpretation, and the human dimensions of natural resources. In recognition of this teaching, Dr. Green has received several university wide teaching awards. Dr. Green is married (to Kim) with three children (Grace (6yrs), Abbey and Zack (5yrs, twins). Dr. Green enjoys being outdoors, working-out, playing tennis, cooking and watching cartoons with his children.



Jane Deiner

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Jane’s research is on LEED certified buildings and environmental education programming on students’ environmental awareness and perspectives and overall satisfaction with residence hall sustainability initiatives.


Sarah Horsley


I am a joint PhD student in the Human Dimensions department of the Forestry and Natural Resources school as well as the Integrative Conservation (ICON) program. My research focuses on sense of place and place-based conservation initiatives concerning iconic species. I am also interested in engaging the public with conservation, including citizen science, participatory approaches, education, and communication.  


Susan Parker


Susan’s Dissertation Research focused on National Forest Use and Outdoor Recreation Constraints across Ethnic and Minority Groups in North Georgia. She currently is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with the National Forests in North Carolina on the Forest Plan Revision, specializing in Human Dimensions of Recreation and other plan areas.


Luis Candelario

My name is Luis Candelario and I am a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, Athens. I was born in the island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. As a child I was always interested in wildlife and farm animals, which defined my passion for wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes. My ultimate goal in life is to promote the conservation of wildlife and plant species in all the ecosystems. I want people to recognize for themselves the impact of human behavior upon the ecosystems and its other inhabitant. I want to encourage humans to reflect upon what they already know and what they have learned and how they can help the future of many species that are in peril and the benefit and consequences of decision making in wildlife conservation.

Teaching is my passion, and the main reason that I love to teach. I want to infuse people with my passion for wildlife conservation. I enjoy tremendously teaching groups about conservation in our world, and to truly be able to see the circle of life with their own eyes.  I hope that all my students and friends when they get to know me get a deeper understanding of the underlying issues and a healthy skepticism and motivation to become stewards of this precious gift that we call wildlife and natural resources.


Ben Fowler


Ben Fowler, a native of Atlanta, GA, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Asheville and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Natural Resources at Warnell. He is also the Graduate Assistant to UGA’s Outdoor Recreation Program at the Ramsey Student Center. Ben’s passion for the outdoors began at a young age in the mountains of Dahlonega as a student under Mark Warren, a naturalist and director of Medicine Bow, a “primitive school of earthlore.” Later in life, Ben has continued his career as an Outdoor Leader and Environmental Educator working for UNC-Asheville’s Outdoor Program, Georgia Tech’s Outdoor Program, Camp Trip Leader in Wisconsin/Canada, Private Guide for Surefoot Adventures, and most recently was the Director of Stewardship with the Georgia Conservancy. Ben has been fortunate enough to travel across the United States and internationally exploring the interplay of natural resources and outdoor recreation. He has a keen passion for coffee, urban and rural water trials, and outdoor leadership. Ben holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder of WMI, American Red Cross Lifeguard, and participated in the American Canoe Association Level 4 Swift-water Rescue Course and the NOLS Risk Management Training Course.


Ashley Askew


Dr. Askew received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Georgia in late 2012, under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Lazar. Her dissertation research, "Numerical Optimization and Empty Set Problem in Application of Empirical Likelihood Methods," examined a set of computational issues with certain statistical estimations. Dr. Askew is currently a member of Dr. Green's lab as a postdoctoral research associate. Her current research interests include estimating outdoor recreation participation and use, projecting long-term outlooks of outdoor recreation for sustainability, and assessing recreationists' perceptions of their experiences through satisfaction questionnaires. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, and nature viewing.