SORP 2018 Webinar

Webinar: Spatial Approaches to Monitoring and Managing Visitor Use
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

11am Pacific / 12pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

SORP webinars are free to members and $45 for non-members.  You can become a member online and immediately get the member rate.

Webinar #3 will focus on the social, ecological, and managerial components of utilizing various spatial approaches for monitoring and managing visitor use in parks and protected areas. Both the opportunities and challenges of using spatial approaches will be discussed, as will considerations of spatial and temporal scale when collecting such data. SORP has assembled two presenters who frequently utilize spatial approaches to collecting data for monitoring and managing visitor use in parks and protected areas to discuss the following:


  1. Various methods of spatial data collection
  2. How spatial approaches can be utilized to collect data relative to social, ecological and managerial concerns
  3. Considerations of spatial and temporal scale
  4. Opportunities and challenges of utilizing spatial approaches to monitoring and managing visitor use


  • Identify various spatial approaches for monitoring and managing visitor use
  • Compare spatial approaches to “traditional” approaches for collecting visitor use data
  • Apply appropriate spatial approaches to various visitor use management questions/concerns
  • Consider the importance of scale, both spatially and temporally, when collecting and analyzing spatial data
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities associated with spatial approaches to monitoring and managing visitor use


Ashley D'Antonio, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor in Nature-Based Recreation Management 
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Abigail (Abby) Sisneros-Kidd, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow
Department of Environment and Society
Utah State University
Logan, Utah

Ashley D’Antonio is an Assistant Professor in Nature-Based Recreation Management in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. She received her Bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Biology and her M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management from Utah State University. Ashley is a recreation ecologist that uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand visitor movement and behaviors in parks and protected areas and the ecological consequences of those behaviors. Much of her work strives to make predictive models of visitor behavior and anticipate the responses of various ecosystem components to the pressures of recreation use. Ashley has worked in various National Parks throughout the West, as well as Forest Service lands, and with non-profits managing urban-proximate natural areas.

Abby Sisneros-Kidd is a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow in the department of Environment & Society at Utah State University, and is part of the recreation ecology lab within the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI (2006), her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University (2008), and her Ph.D. in Environment and Society from Utah State University (2018). Abby’s research focuses on understanding visitor spatial behavior patterns in parks and protected areas, and how these patterns influence and are influenced by park and protected area resources. She has worked in several National Parks across the US, as well as with land managers and stakeholders in urban-proximate open spaces in southern California. Abby also teaches several courses within the Recreation Resource Management degree program at USU.