Led by Nathan Reigner, PhD, RTS maintains an extensive and diverse collaborative network of universities, NGOs, and practicing experts. We join together to provide full-service and integrated social, environmental, geographic, and economic science for outdoor recreation and tourism. Our approach is client-centric. We emphasize listening to our clients and understanding their needs and concerns. We have skills for the field, laboratory, classroom, and conference room. We deliver clear and creative written, visual, data, and geospatial products. We are especially interested in working together with our clients to help them develop their own capacities.

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Nathan Reigner, PhD

Dr. Nathan Reigner a consulting social scientist and principal of Recreation & Tourism Science (RTS), a collaborative consultancy that works with land, recreation, and tourism managers and researchers to address outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism social challenges like conflict, crowding, carrying capacity, and visitor use management.  Nathan collaborates with diverse partners across the United States and abroad to develop and successfully complete projects at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Nathan has developed innovative and integrated approaches to monitoring and evaluating visitor use, tourism, resource, and facility conditions in diverse park, forest, historic, and tourism settings. He applies spatial, statistical, and computational modeling; survey research; micro-scale remote sensing; and policy analysis to inform and improve the management and administration of outdoor recreation and tourism destinations. Nathan’s personal commitment to environmental conservation, passion for outdoor recreation, appreciation for historical legacy, and culturally sensitive perspective compliment his advanced technical expertise.

During his 12 years of parks research, Nathan has worked in more than 50 units of the US national park system. Through his consultancy and affiliation with the University of Vermont’s Park Studies Laboratory, Nathan is currently working on trail management projects in the White Mountain National Forest, the national parks and forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, and in the Grand Canyon. In addition to his domestic work, Nathan is providing technical assistance on visitor use management to public and private outdoor recreation areas in Iceland, nature-based tourism destinations in the Sultanate of Oman, and the nature reserve and national park systems of the Russian Federation.

Nathan’s innovative and impactful contributions have been recognized by several prestigious honors. Nathan received a Fulbright Scholarship from the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Research Program and Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a Fellow of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, the science-diplomacy mission of the Sultanate of Oman. In addition to these awards, Nathan is an appointed member of national and international advisory bodies including the:

  • National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on the Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands.
  • International Scientific Committee, UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development.
  • International Connections Working Group US Associates – UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Program.
  • Research and Evaluation Working Group US Associates – UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Program.

Dr. Reigner earned his PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. He also holds academic degrees in forestry, anthropology, and sociology.

Nathan Reigner, PhD.

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