Mark Needham

Mark D. Needham, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Natural Resources, Tourism, and Recreation (NATURE) Studies Lab
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Oregon State University
204 Richardson Hall
Office:  (541) 737-1498
Fax:  (541) 737-5814


Ph.D., Colorado State University; Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Recreation, and Tourism
M.A., University of Victoria, Canada; Geography
B.A., University of Victoria, Canada; Geography and Environmental Studies

Dr. Needham is Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University (OSU), Adjunct Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU, and an Adjunct and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Hawaii. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in Canada, and his Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Dr. Needham’s research and teaching focus on the human dimensions (social science) of natural resources as applied to forests, marine areas, wildlife, and recreation and tourism settings. Specifically, he focuses on social science concepts such as norms, crowding, satisfaction, specialization, value orientations, attitudes, conflict, risk, and trust. He also has expertise in survey research methodologies and advanced statistical analysis. Dr. Needham’s studies have been sponsored mostly by various federal (e.g., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management), state (e.g., Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department), and local agencies (e.g., Metro [Portland]). In the last 10 years, he has published approximately 60 refereed articles in leading journals, authored 1 book and 10 book chapters, and presented more than 130 papers at local, national, and international conferences. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife. In addition, he served as Chair of the Eighth International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT), held in Hawaii in 2015. Dr. Needham received The Academy of Leisure Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Graduate Students’ Award for Outstanding Faculty for 2013, College of Forestry Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Advising Professor for 2009, and the College of Forestry Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Professor for 2007. Dr. Needham is also an award winning wildlife photographer.

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