Robert E. Manning

Robert E. Manning
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1975
Current Position: 
Professor, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont; Director, Park Studies Laboratory, University of Vermont

Dr. Manning teaches and conducts research on the history, philosophy and management of parks, wilderness, and related areas. Special interests include outdoor recreation management, crowding in outdoor recreation, carrying capacity of parks for outdoor recreation, and environmental values and ethics. He conducts a long-standing program of research for the U.S. National Park Service and other park and wilderness management agencies. He has spent four year-long sabbatical leaves with the National Park Service.
Dr. Manning is the author of Studies in Outdoor Recreation: Search and Research for Satisfaction (Third Edition) (Oregon State University Press), Parks and Carrying Capacity: Commons without Tragedy (Island Press), Parks and People: Managing Outdoor Recreation at Acadia National Park (University Press of New England), and is co-editor with Ben Minter of Reconstructing Constructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground (Island Press).
Dr. Manning was named a University Scholar by the University of Vermont and received the University of Vermont's George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, the National Recreation and Park Association's Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research, the Louis F. Twardzik Outstanding Alumni Award from Michigan State University, the Social Science Achievement Award from the George Wright Society, and the National Literary Award from the National Recreation and Park Association.