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Dr. Michael Tarrant

Director, Discover Abroad
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Human Dimensions

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Campus address

Warnell Suite 4-102 Room 103


Ph.D., Natural Resources Recreation, Colorado State University, 1992.
M.A., Park and Recreation Administration, University of Illinois,1989.
B.A., Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Leeds Polytechnic, 1987.
B.E.C., Business Administration, Boston College, 1984.

Prior Positions:
Associate Professor (Joint), Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Education, The University of Georgia, 1998 - 2006.
Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, The University of Georgia, 1992 - 1996.


Research Areas Detail:

Global education (student learning outcomes) and international protected area management

Recent Citations:

Tarrant, M.A. (2016). Sustaining human societies and the natural environment: Case studies in Australia and New Zealand. Austin, TX: Sentia Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-9966464-5-1 (307 p.)

Tarrant, M.A. (2016). New Zealand Plant Guide. Austin, TX: Sentia Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-9966464-4-4 (50 p.)

Tarrant, M.A., Rubin, D.L., & Stoner, L. (2015). The effects of studying abroad and studying sustainability on global perspectives. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 26(Fall), 68-82. (IF not available)

Bell, H.L., Gibson, H.J., Tarrant, M.A., Perry, L.G., & Stoner, L. (2015). Transformational learning through study abroad: US students’ reflections on learning about sustainability in the South Pacific. Leisure Studies, 1-17. (IF = 1.10)

Perry, L., Stoner, L., Schleser, M., Stoner, K., Wadsworth, D., Page, R., & Tarrant, M.A. (2014). Digital media as a reflective tool: creating appropriate spaces for students to become introspective. Research in Comparative and International Education, 45(2), 323-330. (IF = 0.43)

Stoner, K., Tarrant, M.A., Perry, L., Stoner, L., Wearing, S., & Lyons, K. (2014). Global citizenship as a learning outcome of educational travel. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, 14(2), 149-163. (IF = 0.25)

Tarrant, M.A., Lyons, K., Stoner, L., Kyle, G.T., Wearing, S. & Poudyal, N. (2014). Global citizenry, educational travel, and sustainable tourism: Evidence from Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(3), 403-420. (IF = 3.00)

Stoner, L., Perry, L., Wadsworth, D., & Tarrant, M.A. (2014). Global citizenship is key to securing global health: The role of higher education. Preventive Medicine, 64, 126-128. (IF = 4.26).

Tarrant, M.A., Rubin, D., & Stoner, L. (2014). The added value of study abroad: Fostering a global citizenry. Journal of Studies in International Education, 18(2), 141-161. (IF = 1.02)

Perry, L.G., Stoner, K.R., Stoner, L., Wadsworth, D., Page, R., & Tarrant, M.A. (2013). The importance of global citizenship to higher education: The role of short-term study abroad. British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 3(2), 184-194. (IF = .568)

Poudyal, N., Paudel, B., & Tarrant, M.A. (2013). A time-series analysis of the impact of recession on national park visitation in the United States. Tourism Management, 35, 181-189. (IF = 2.60)

Poudyal, N., Bowker, M., Green, G.T., & Tarrant, M.A. (2012). The supply of private acreage for recreational deer hunting in Georgia. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 17(2), 141-154. (IF = .57)

Wynveen, C., Kyle, G.T. & Tarrant, M.A. (2012). Study abroad experiences and global citizenship: Fostering pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Studies in International Education, 16, 334-352. (IF = 1.02)

Tarrant, M.A. & Lyons, K. (2012). The effect of short-term educational travel programs on environmental citizenship. Environmental Education Research, 18(3), 403-416. (IF = 1.30)

Tarrant, M.A., Stoner, L., Borrie, W.T., Kyle, G., Moore, R., & Moore, A. (2011). Educational travel and global citizenship. Journal of Leisure Research, 43(3), 403-426. (IF = 0.91)

Tarrant, M.A. (2010). A conceptual framework for exploring the role of studies abroad in nurturing global citizenship. Journal of Studies in International Education, 14(5), 433-451. (IF = 1.02)


Global programs in sustainability ( and human dimensions of natural resources