Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis

Sonja Wilhelm Stanis


Professor, Associate Director of SNR & Director of SNR Undergraduate Studies

School of Natural Resources

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

Wilhelm Stanis’ research is in the human dimensions of natural resource management with an emphasis in the social psychological as well as environmental factors that influence aspects of outdoor recreation. Specifically, her work examines the role of parks and public lands in promoting physical activity and public health, benefits of and constraints to outdoor recreation, and issues in outdoor recreation relating to diversity and youth. Several recent research studies include assessing inequities in access to greenspace, developing tools for improved measurement of park resources and enhancing citizen engagement, and examining displacement impacts from park improvements and gentrification.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Courses taught

  • PRST 4250/7250: Parks, Health and Wellness
  • PRST 8430: Social and Behavioral Research Methods
  • PRST 2111: Park Planning and Design
  • PRST 4340/7340: Recreation Land Management