Faculty Profile


Keith Bosak

Keith Bosak

Professor of Nature Based Tourism and Recreation

Email: keith.bosak@umontana.edu
Office: CHCB 464

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Professor of Nature Based Tourism and Recreation 

Personal Summary

I earned my PhD in Geography in 2006 from the University of Georgia where I studied the local effects of global conservation policy in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India. My current position is Professor of Nature-Based Tourism and Recreation in the Department of Society and Conservation, W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. My research interests are broadly centred on the intersection of conservation and development, and as such, I often study nature-based tourism and sustainable tourism in the context of development and protected areas. My research projects include; ecotourism and environmental justice in India, scientific tourism in Chile, and geotourism in Montana. Aside from tourism, I conduct research on climate change impacts and adaptations among indigenous people in the Himalaya, private protected areas in Chile, and conservation and development initiatives in Montana. I am fortunate enough to travel all over the world conducting courses and workshops on protected area planning and management where I get to understand the challenges facing protected area managers, particularly in developing countries. Within the College, I direct the International Conservation and Development (ICD) MS option, the International Seminar on Protected area Management (ISPAM), and the Protected Area Management Distance Education Program (PAMDEP) Graduate Certificate. Finally, my wife Laura and I founded and run the Nature-Link Institute, a 501(c)3 that seeks to reconnect people with their environment through research, education, and advocacy.

Education

PhD., 2006 University of Georgia, Department of Geography, Dissertation: “The Local Effects of Global Conservation Policy: Political ecology, environmental justice and the production of scale in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India.”

M.A., 2000 Appalachian State University, Department of Geography. Thesis: “Developing a Low Impact Model for Tourism: A case study of the Garhwal Himalaya, India.”

B.S., 1998 Appalachian State University, Department of Geography. GIS concentration.

Field of Study

Nature-based tourism
Ecotourism
Community development
International conservation and development
Geographies of Tourism
GIS

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Bosak, K. and Schroeder, K. 2005. “Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Gender and Development.” Development in Practice. 15:(2) 233-39.

Bosak, K. and Schroeder, K. 2004. “Community Based Conservation and Ecotourism: A Struggle for Resource Rights in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.” Focus on Geography. 48:(1) 1-6.

Other Publications

Bosak, K. 2006. “From Global Events to Local Livelihoods: The Struggle to Maintain Sustainability in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve” Green Life Magazine. (Forthcoming)

Bosak, K. 2004. “Community Based Ecotourism in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.” The American Alpine News. 11 (244) 16-19.

Bosak, K. 2002. “Sex Ratio Variation in Nepal.” Population Specialty Group Newsletter. 26 (fall 2002).

Bosak, K. 2001. “Nepal’s Secret.” (edited by Neal Lineback) Geography in the News. 579.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Bosak, K. 2006. “Adventure Tourism and Economic Crisis: Aconcagua Provincial Park, Argentina.” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference.

Bosak, K. 2005. “Nature, Conflict and Biodiversity Conservation in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference.

Bosak, K. 2004. “Pursuing Environmental Justice through Ecotourism: The Case of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference.

Bosak, K. 2003. “Conservation as Environmental Racism?” SEDAAG Student Honors Competition.

Bosak, K. and Rawat, R. 2003. “Local Control and the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India.” Sustainable Mountain Communities Conference. The Banff Centre for Mountain Culture.

Bosak, K. 2002. “Government Policies and Local Communities: Conflict and Change in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.” Society For Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting.

Bosak, K. 2001. “Sex Ratio Variation in Nepal: Implications for Development.” SEDAAG Student Honors Competition.

Bosak, K. 2000. “The Sacred Geography of the Garhwal Himalaya.” SEDAAG Student Honors Competition.

Home Department

W.A. Franke College of Foresty and Conservation 

Area of Expertise

Community Development; Ecotourism; International Conservation and Development; Geographies of Tourism; GIS; Nature-Based Tourism