Daniel R. Williams

Daniel R. Williams
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1984
Current Position: 
Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Prior to joining the Forest Service in 1998, Dr. Dan Williams was Associate Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Illinois and previously taught forestry and park management at Virginia Tech and the University of Utah. In 1999 he received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to study the impacts of globalization on the meaning and use of Norwegian Natural landscapes, and from 1993 to 1998 he served as editor of the journal Leisure Sciences. His research involves the application of environmental psychology, consumer behavior, and cultural geography to recreational and amenity uses and perceptions of natural environments, public lands planning and policy, and ecosystem management. His recent investigations include the impact of globalization on personal and social-symbolic meanings of wildlands, leisure identities and summer cottages in Scandinavia and the United States, and the meaning and value of arctic wilderness.