About Ashley D

I am an Assistant Professor in Nature-Based Recreation Management in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. All comments and opinions on this blog are my own and in no way reflect the stance of FES or OSU. My research focuses on recreation ecology and understanding visitors in parks and protected areas (see the “My Research”tab for more on that).

I became interested in my field of research because I love to recreate and be in the outdoors.  Backpacking, hiking, and snowboarding are some of my favorite outdoor activities. When I am indoors, I enjoy baking (pretty much anything that contains chocolate), knitting (especially patterns that feature leaves), cuddling with my cats, and reading (science fiction and popular social science books are often on my nightstand).


Ypsilon Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park

Macey and Fern hanging out in the window


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