Gerard Kyle received his Ph.D. in Leisure Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and is currently a professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on human dimensions issues principally within protected area contexts.
Drawing from theory informing conservation psychology, his work attempts to model processes driving stakeholder attitudes and behavior related to an array of issues impacting stakeholder experience, protected area health, and protected area management.
His work, situated within coupled human and natural systems approach, assists sponsoring agencies’ efforts to sustainably manage humans’ impact across diverse scales. His work has been conducted throughout the United States, East and South Asia, and the South Pacific.
Findings from his work have been published in Environment and Behavior, the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, and Environmental Management. He was Editor-in-Chief for Leisure Sciences from 2014 through 2016.