Associate Professor of Interpretation
A native of Illinois, Brenda worked as a park ranger for eight years on the upper Mississippi river, then returned to graduate school, attained a M.S. at Stephen F. Austin in Texas, then her Ph.D. at the University of Idaho. Her research efforts focused on assessing communication and interpretive efforts as a way to alleviate human/black bear conflicts in Yosemite National Park. Prior to coming to UWSP, Brenda worked as Manager of Research and Program Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks, conducting assessments of visitor satisfaction and program evaluation in an urban park system. Her research interests include environmental interpretation and communication, program evaluation, visitor studies, and human/wildlife conflicts.