Dr. Michael Tarrant

Professor, Human Dimensions of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of Georgia & Director, American Universities International Programs (AUIP), Ltd

BA (Recreation and Environment), MA, Ph.D.


What attracted you to your chosen field?

Opportunities to work in and sense the outdoors and to provide others with opportunities to play and learn in the outdoors.

What do you like best about the field?

I like the sensual nature of being outdoors (opportunities to feel, touch, smell, and be at one with nature).

What are some personal challenges you have faced in your field?

Personally, 100 days of riding through wind, rain, and snow on a bike touring trip across the U.S. Professionally, working with multiple agencies with different agendas and trying to focus on common goals.

What does the future hold for your chosen field?

I envision a very bright future, where the need for open spaces and to recreate will be sought after as much as the values and contributions of such places for social goals (clean air, water, etc).

What things can students do to prepare for a career in this field?

Focus on your writing and interpersonal skills. Be sure to spend time in the outdoors and do not lose sight of your vision. Practice humility with mother nature.