Mark Morgan, PhD

Associate Professor

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-9525
Address 105 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • Ph.D. 1987, Texas A&M University


  • Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management, Education and Outreach

Research Summary

  • Morgan teaches classes in outdoor recreation management and conducts research on human dimensions of natural resources as it relates to policy, visitor behavior, and communications (interpretation and environmental education). A former Fulbright scholar, Morgan has taught and conducted research in several Asian countries, including China, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.


  • Outdoor Recreation Policy
  • Visitor Behavior
  • Methods of Interpretation
  • Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Morgan, M. & Chompreeda, K. (2014). The Relative Effect of Message-Based Appeals to Promote Water Conservation at a Tourist Resort in the Gulf of Thailand. Environmental Communication,
  • Morgan, M. & Hwang, G. (2014). Perception of Thematic-Based Interpretation at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial: A Study of Korean Visitors. Journal of Interpretation Research, 19(2), 25-37.
  • Morgan, M. (2013). Catfish wars and cultural history. Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, 5, 68-86.
  • Lin, H-N., Morgan, M., & Coble, T. (2013). Remember the Alamo: A cross-cultural analysis of visitor meanings. Journal of Travel Research, 52(1), 42-55.
  • Morgan, M., Rochon, B. & Wilhelm Stanis, S. (2012). Fire fishing in Missouri: An Ozark folk tradition. Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, 4, 123-140.
  • Morgan, M., Hayden, S., & Pierce, R. (2012). Social and cultural aspects of paddlefish anglers at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Proceedings Annual Conference of Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 66, 42-48.
  • Morgan, M. & Walker, C. (2011). A descriptive study of guided tours at Mammoth Cave National Park. Journal of Interpretation Research, 16(1), 25-34.
  • Morgan, M. (2009). Interpretation and place attachment: Implications for cognitive map theory. Journal of Interpretation Research, 14(1), 47-59.
  • Morgan, M. & Messenger, B. (2009). Using an activity and place-based typology to explain visitor motivations. Journal of Forestry, 107(1), 44-49.
  • Morgan, M. & Soucy, J. (2008).Use of recreation specialization to understand resource knowledge of trout anglers. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 7, 155-163.