Faculty

Paige Viren
Faculty Leader, Summer 2016
Associate Professor
Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies
East Carolina University
e-mail: virenp14@ecu.edu
phone: 252.737.2425
web: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/rcls/schneiderp.cfm

Dr. Paige Viren returns to lead our summer 2016 program to Australia and New Zealand.  From 2009-2012, Dr. Viren led programs in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand, and will bring these experiences in helping prepare pre-departure lectures and Q&A sessions. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Clifton Watts
Faculty Leader, Summer 2016
Associate Professor
Degree Director, Recreation & Park Management
Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies
East Carolina University
e-mail: 
wattsc@ecu.edu
phone: 252.737.2426
web: http://cewattsjr.wix.com/drcliftonwatts

Dr. Clifton Watts returns to lead the Summer 2016 program with Dr. Viren.  From 2009-2011, Dr. Watts led programs in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand, and will bring these experiences in helping prepare pre-departure lectures and Q&A sessions. His interests in study abroad relate to experiential learning and student outcomes.

Dr. Hans Vogelsong
Associate Faculty
Associate Professor, Recreation & Leisure Studies
e-mail: vogelsongh@ecu.edu
phone: 252.328.9373
web: https://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/rcls/vogelsong.cfm
Dr. Vogelsong led study abroad programs in 2013 and 2015. He has a long history of leading experiential-based programs focused on issues of sustainability and natural resource management. For over a decade, Dr. Vogelsong has led ECU’s Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Recreation Consortium program, which is a 3‐credit course culminating in a week‐long field experience held in conjunction with four other universities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Consortium provides students with hands‐on exposure to outdoor recreation resources management in a major National Park facing complex challenges. His research focuses primarily on coastal zone recreation and the social-psychological aspects of outdoor recreation. His interest in the study abroad program combines his passion for experiential education with his deep knowledge of sustainable resource management.

Dr. David G. Kimmel
Associate Faculty
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Institute for Coastal Science and Policy
e-mail: kimmeld@ecu.edu
phone: 252.328.9986

web: http://kimmeld.wordpress.com

Dave Kimmel led summer programs from 2013 through 2015. He completed his Ph. D. at the University of Maryland in 2001. He arrived at East Carolina University in August of 2008. He is a biological oceanographer who studies the ecology of coastal ecosystems. Specifically, he is interested in how human activity, including coastal development and climate change, impact coastal marine populations. He has conducted his work primarily on zooplankton, but has also examined the ecology of jellyfish, oysters and clams. Recent work has focused on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and the effects of climate variability on oyster populations in Chesapeake Bay. His interests in the South Pacific program are directed toward the ecological effects of human activity on coastal marine resources.

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