Carter A. Hunt

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Carter A. Hunt

Carter A. Hunt

Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park & Tourism Management, Scholar-in Residence at the Sustainability Institute


  1. PhD and MS, Recreation, Park & Tourism Science, Texas A&M University
  2. BA, Psychology, University of Kentucky


My research interests focus on the ways that nature-based tourism can promote pro-environmental outcomes in both destinations and for the travelers who participate in this form of tourism. To explore pro-environmental outcomes in nature-based tourism destinations, I conduct anthropological field research to assess the impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development efforts around parks and protected areas, primarily in Latin America. In exploring the pro-environmental outcomes of tourism on travelers, I leverage an early background in psychology into research on the ways that travel to nature-based destinations influences an individual’s subsequent pro-environmental behavior, including conservation-oriented travel philanthropy. For more information about these interests, click on the Research, Teaching and Publications tabs above. My work can also be followed on and

At Penn St. my teaching corresponds to these interests. The on-campus and field courses I have taught focus on nature-based tourism, social and environmental sustainability, community development, the environment, and qualitative research methods. I currently serve as the Faculty-in-charge of the Sustainability Leadership minor at Penn State and faculty co-leader of the Penn State Parks and People Tanzania field course.

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