Park Studies Laboratory
Nathan Reigner Named the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center 2014 Student of the Year.
- By William Valliere
Each year the UVM Transportation Research Center selects a student to be selected as the Student of the Year. The student is selected based on their accomplishments and contributions to the field of transportation. This year, Nathan Reigner was named the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center 2014 Student of the Year. Nathan is a PhD. candidate in the Park Studies Laboratory in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. His research focuses on informed transportation management in the context of parks and public lands, in particular looking issues of crowding, conflict and carrying capacity.
Through his research, Nathan has extended traditional transportation modeling techniques, including computational, network and simulation models, to recreation settings. He uses these techniques to investigate and inform recreation planning and management for optimized user experiences and transportation system function. Robert Manning, the director of UVM’s Park Studies Lab, and Nathan’s advisor, says “Nathan’s research has helped develop an understanding that conventional transportation management must often be revised and adapted when applied in the context of parks and public lands. His research leadership has grown with each project he undertook, culminating in a large and complex study of the relationship between transportation and recreation at Yosemite National Park, funded by the NPS, and resulting in a special issue of the George Wright Forum.”
Nathan has also received a Tom and Muriel More Scholarship. The scholarships were established to recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and provide them with the opportunity to present their scholarly work in a positive and constructive setting as well as broaden their views on the collaborative academic and practitioner world. Nathan will present some of his research at the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium in Cooperstown, NY April 6-8, 2014.