Gina Lynn Depper

Assistant Research Scientist
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Senior Program Manager, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

gdepper@iu.edu
(812) 856-2262
501 N. Morton Street, Suite 101

Education
  • Clemson University, Ph.D, 2017
  • University College London, MSc., 2010
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A., 2008
Courses
  • Park and Recreation System Master Planning Certificate Program
Background
  • Project Manager, Indiana uplands park, recreation, and protected lands inventory and assessment. Funded by Center for Rural Engagement, Indiana University. June 2018-Present.
  • Project Manager, Montgomery County Parks training program and training gap analysis. Funded by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. March 2018-Present.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, August 2017-January 2018.
  • Co-Investigator, Digital communications and the National Park Service: A guide for developing organizational capacity. Funded by National Park Service. September 2015-June 2018.
  • Co-Investigator, National Park Service facilities maintenance and historic preservation education and training needs assessment. Funded by National Park Service. September 2015-May 2018.
  • Francis A. McGuire Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, May 2017.
  • Research Assistant, National Park Service visitor and resource protection education and training needs assessment. Funded by National Park Service. September 2012-April 2014.

Research Interests

I specialize in the human dimensions of natural resource management. Drawing from the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, parks and recreation, forestry, and natural resources I use social theories and social psychological constructs to better understand behavior and decision making as it pertains to the environment. I am interested in the underlying cognitive and affective constructs that influence environmental behavior and the capacity of land management organizations to develop environmental stewardship among populations and make resource conscious decisions. I study environmental values frameworks, environmental values transmission, perceptions, attitudes, and preferences regarding park and recreation areas and entities, and organizational planning and training needs. The overarching goal of my research program is to develop stewardship for the environment and improve land management decision making and capacity.

Selected Publications
Articles

Powell, R.B., Depper, G.L., & Wright, B.A. (2017). Interpretation training needs in the 21st century: A needs assessment of interpreters and educators in the National Park Service. Journal of Interpretation Research. 22(2) 19-34.

Depper, G.L., Lang, T., Rocha de Souza, M., & Mechels, B. (2017). Reimagining the National Park Service to be a resilient agency. The George Wright Forum. 34(1), 53-61.

Thomsen, J., Miller, Z.D., Sharp, R., Depper, G.L., & Freimund, W. (2017). George Wright Society Student Summit: Setting the stage for the next century of protected area management. The George Wright Forum. 34(1), 14-22.

Metcalf, P., Miller, Z.D., Mkumbo, P., Depper, G.L., & Thomsen, J. (2017). Into the second century of the National Park Service: A synthesis of student perspectives for the first 100 years. The George Wright Forum. 34(1), 62-72.

Depper, G.L., Vigil, D., Powell, R.B., & Wright, B.A. (2016). Resource protection, visitor safety, and employee safety: How prepared is the National Park Service? Park Science. 32(2), 18-24.