Tyler Cribbs ’16

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Environmental Sciences (ES) 107


  • Ph.D., Clemson University
  • M.S., Kansas State University
  • B.A., Eckerd College

Research focus

Tyler W. Cribbs’ inter-disciplinary, collaborative science research links outdoor recreation, park planning, and resource management. His applied research supplies information to help park and protected area professionals and natural resource managers find a balance between ecological conservation/preservation and visitor experience by characterize and evaluate human-nature interactions. These include a) park visitor behavior and thresholds of use, b) people’s interactions with and attachments to coastal environments, and c) linkages within dynamic environmental-social systems. Tyler W. Cribbs’ specializes in spatiotemporal research, specifically related to applied social science research in coastal protected areas. He often uses methods that transcend traditional concentration areas and degrees including, GPS tracking, GIS applications, location-based services data utilization, virtual reality experiences, and photo elicitation. His research incorporates student learning and addresses pertinent management needs in addition to unanswered academic and methodological questions.

Select publications

  • Cribbs, T.W., Hallo, J.C., Brownlee, M.T.J., Norman, W., Forys, E. (2023) Conceptual and Technological Advancements in Visitor Use Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments.
  • Cribbs, T.W., Sharp, R.L., Brownlee, M.T.J., Perry, E.E., & Fefer, J.P. (2020). In Search of Solitude: A Case Study of Wilderness and Non-wilderness River Users. International Journal of Wilderness, 26(3), 72-87
  • Peterson, B.A., Brownlee, M.T.J., Hallo, J.C., Beeco, A.J., White, D.L., Sharp, R.L., & Cribbs, T.W. (2020). Spaciotemporal Variables to Understand Visitor Travel Patterns: A Management-Centric Approach, Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 31, 100316. DOI:10.1016/j.jort.2020.100316
  • Cribbs, T.W., Sharp, R.L., & Brownlee, M.J.T. (2019). Evaluating the impacts of photo order on perceptions of crowding at Buffalo National River. Leisure Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2019.1655685

Banner photo (top) courtesy Tyler Cribbs