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WALTER F. KUENTZEL

Associate Professor
Natural Resources
Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
Phone:(802)656-0652
Email Address:wkuentze@zoo.uvm.edu
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039 joshua.e.brown@uvm.edu
Specialty:environmental sociology; recreation & leisure behavior; social psychology; tourism-rural development; wildlife
Biography:Kuentzel's focus is on the human dimensions of natural resources. His areas of interest are: environmental sociology; recreation and leisure behavior; social psychology; tourism and rural communities/development; and human dimensions of wildlife. Among grants in which he is involved and that are in progress are: "Travel and Tourism Research Initiative Between the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and The University of Vermont" ($693,714 to present); and, "Participation in Apostle Islands Boating: Persistence and Change, 1975 - 1997" (funded by Sea Grant Institute, University of Wisconsin - Madison, $299,107 to present, co-principal investigator). Kuentzel's recent publications include: "Rural Restructuring and The Transition of a Tourism Dependent Community" (Tourism Analysis, 1998, co-author); "Why Do Hunters Skybust? Personal Disposition or Social Influence?" (Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 1998, co-author).