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Bob’s professional teaching and research interests include wilderness and protected area management, examining visitor use issues in parks and wilderness, and understanding the relationships and attachments people form with wilderness and protected areas.

He received his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Montana in 2007 where his research focused on visitor use trends in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. His most recent research collaboration has been with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, investigating visitor use management and carrying capacity related to polar-viewing and tourism on Barter Island. He has also been a scientific reviewer for the Interagency Visitor Use Management Framework, Visitor Capacity Guidebook, and Monitoring Guidebook. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wilderness (


Hall, M., von Hardenberg, W. G., Tin, T., and Dvorak, R. (2022). Wilderness Babel. International Journal of Wilderness, 28(2) 68-79.

Dvorak, R. (2022). Are We in Need of “Triage” for Wilderness? International Journal of Wilderness, 28(1) 6-7.

Smith, H., Discenza, R., and Dvorak, R. (2021). A Pandemic-Inspired Research Agenda on the Wilderness Experience. International Journal of Wilderness, 27(2) 72-85.

Wilderness First Responder

American Canoe Association Level 2 instructor

Leave No Trace Master Educator

Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry, 2008, University of Montana

Wilderness management

Natural resource management

Visitor use and behavior

Human dimensions of wildlife

American Canoe Association

Leave No Trace

Society for Wilderness Stewardship

George Wright Society

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The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders