Yolonda Youngs, Ph.D.
Idaho State University
Department of Global Studies
I am a broadly trained geographer with research expertise in environmental geography, cultural and historical landscapes, social science GIS, visual media & culture, national parks and protected areas, tourism and outdoor recreation, and field methods. My regional expertise is North America, the western United States, and Europe. My work explores how historical and contemporary representations of the environment influence policy and management in parks and protected areas and shapes the impacts of tourism on local and regional communities. Through my research trajectory, I seek to better understand how multiple, often conflicting ideas and meanings of nature are contested, negotiated, and translated into natural resource management policies and outdoor recreation in public lands, and how this process can be traced through the medium of landscape. My scholarship and teaching integrates collaborative interdisciplinary approaches, geospatial and mobile technology, community engagement, place-based education and field techniques, and applied projects. I thrive in diverse and interdisciplinary teaching and research settings.
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I currently am an associate professor of Geography in the Department of Global Studies at Idaho State University. I serve on the Editorial Board of Historical Geography, as a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (Secretary), as an active researcher with the NSF EPSCoR MILES project on ecosystem services and rivers, and the director of the Nature, Culture, and Parks Research group at ISU. My research is and has been funded by grants from the U.S. National Park Service, the Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) national network, the National Science Foundation, the Idaho Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. I have published journal articles in the Geographical Review, Environmental History, and Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal as well as book chapters, a book, reviews of books, and technical reports.
My work has been recognized by a variety of awards including an ISU Outstanding Researcher of 2018 Award, the Apple Distinguished Educator Award, and an International Geographical Union Scholar Award.
I welcome new students interested in research projects along the themes of my work. Please email me directly to enquire about current openings. Contact me at:
Dr. Yolonda Youngs, Idaho State University, Department of Global Studies, Pocatello, Idaho 83209. Email: email@example.com.