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Meet the Faculty

Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. 1987, Texas A&M University


  • Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management, Education and Outreach

Research Summary

  • Morgan teaches classes in outdoor recreation management and conducts research on human dimensions of natural resources as it relates to policy, visitor behavior, and communications (interpretation and environmental education). A former Fulbright scholar, Morgan has taught and conducted research in several Asian countries, including China, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.


  • Outdoor Recreation Policy
  • Visitor Behavior
  • Methods of Interpretation
  • Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Lin, H-N., Morgan, M., & Coble, T. (2013).
    Remember the Alamo: A cross-cultural analysis of visitor meanings. Journal of Travel Research, 52(1), 42-55.
  • Morgan, M., Rochon, B. & Wilhelm Stanis, S. (2012).
    Fire fishing in Missouri: An Ozark folk tradition. Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, 4, 123-140.
  • Morgan, M. & Walker, C. (2011).
    A descriptive study of guided tours at Mammoth Cave National Park. Journal of Interpretation Research, 16(1), 25-34.
  • Morgan, M. (2009).
    Interpretation and place attachment: Implications for cognitive map theory. Journal of Interpretation Research, 14(1), 47-59.
  • Morgan, M. & Messenger, B. (2009).
    Using an activity and place-based typology to explain visitor motivations. Journal of Forestry, 107(1), 44-49.
  • Morgan, M. & Soucy, J. (2008).
    Use of recreation specialization to understand resource knowledge of trout anglers. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 7, 155-163.
  • Morgan, M. & Dong, X. (2008).
    Measuring passenger satisfaction of interpretive programming on two Amtrak trains in the Midwest: Testing the expectancy disconfirmation theory. Journal of Interpretation Research, 13(2), 43-58.
  • Morgan, M. (2008).
    Outlaw fishing in Missouri.  Fisheries, 33(4), 165-171.
  • Morgan, M. (2006).
    The social hierarchy of fishing: Myth or reality?  Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 11(5), 317-327.
  • Morgan, M., Lin, H., Ju, C. & Wu, H. (2006).
    An interpretation specialization continuum of environmental volunteerism in Taiwan. Journal of Interpretation Research, 11(2), 7-20.

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