BRETT L. BRUYERE
Colorado State University
Human Dimension of Natural Resources Department
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Degree/ Year Institution Major/Concentration
PhD, 2002 Colorado State University Human dimensions of natural resources
M.S., 2000 Colorado State University Human dimensions of natural resources
B.A., 1993 Washington State University Political science / Environmental policy
Assistant Professor, Colorado State University Human Dimension of Natural Resources
Department (current appointment). Responsible for teaching upper‐division and
graduate level coursework in protected area management, environmental
communication and research methods. Advise 40+ undergraduates and four graduate
students, participate on department and university committees addressing civic
engagement and environmental stewardship. Coordinated international conference for
700+ international conference, and edited associated summary of knowledge book.
Director, Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center (current
appointment). Provide leadership, oversight and supervision of all facets for 212‐acre
nature center. Includes supervision of 15 staff, management of multiple budgets,
administration of day‐to‐day activities and overall quality assurance for environmental
education programs. Responsible for writing multiple proposals and grants each year;
provide leadership on invasive weed management control efforts; establish service
learning and civic engagement opportunities with university and community
organizations. Secure individual and corporate donations, and develop annual and long‐
term plans for action.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE (all courses at Colorado State University)
NR 120, Environmental Conservation, an introductory course to environmental science,
conservation and resource management. Students were required to assess campus‐
based environmental issues and propose solutions, as well as demonstrate knowledge
of and connection to local ecosystems, flora and fauna.
NR 220, Natural Resource Measurements, a four‐week summer field course to teach
students taxonomy and fundamentals of natural resource sampling methods. Co‐taught
with four instructors on topics related to geographic positioning systems, orienteering
and map reading, trail and trail design, and soil and vegetation impact measurements.
NR 320, Natural Resource History and Policy, a course designed to understand how
various trends, policies and decisions in U.S. history affected natural resources both
then and now. Course includes a unit on policy analysis in which students must assess
recent legislation for its acceptability on behalf of a given organization.
NR 365, Environmental Education, a course designed to equip students with skills and
knowledge to develop and deliver environmental education programs to a variety of
audiences with an emphasis on K‐12 classrooms and youth audiences.
NR 400, Public Relations in Natural Resources, a course to strengthen skills in public
relations, outreach and public involvement. Content included legislation overview of
NEPA, conducting needs assessments, message development, outreach strategies and
NR 440, Land Use Planning, a course designed to equip students with strategies for
planning sustainable ecologically and economically viable communities. Course topics
include planning processes, natural resource constraints and opportunities,
conservation easements and other planning tools, and strategies to balance land use
goals related to growth, agriculture, open space, sense of place and environmental
NR 460, Wilderness Management, a course with an emphasis on fieldwork and
experiential learning to familiarize students with principles and intent of the Wilderness
Act of 1964. Included multiple field trips to expose students to wilderness management
tools and techniques, land inventory strategies and leave‐no‐trace philosophies.
RR 262, Environmental Communication, an introductory course to basic principles of
communication, public involvement, environmental education and social marketing as it
relates to natural resources.
RR 330, Social Aspect of Natural Resources, a course to encourage students to consider
the role of social science in natural resource management and planning. Topics include
environmental values and attitudes, planning frameworks, benefits based management
and conflict resolution.
RR 376, Recreation Measurements, provides students with skills to design basic natural
resource social science research initiatives, analyze data, interpret statistical conclusions
and present findings in professional style presentations such as manuscripts and postes.
RR 462, Environmental Communication, a senior level capstone course that addresses
how to effectively communicate about complex issues with diverse audiences. Includes
communication, education and cognitive processing theory; communication plan
development; communication strategies; and media relations.
RR 481, NGOs and Conservation, a senior level course that examines the structure,
organization, development and missions of conservation‐based NGOs, and their role in
contributing to sustainability at local, national and international levels.
RR 565, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Research Methods, a graduate level
course to introduce students to expectations, tools and steps of scientifically sound
research processes and proposal development. Topics include literature reviews,
methodologies and identifying compelling research topics.
RR 605, Human Dimensions Theory, a graduate level course to introduce students to
fundamental issues and theories in natural resource management with an emphasis on
social science. Topics included community based natural resource management,
planning frameworks, attitude and behavior theory and ecosystem management.
O’Day, L., Bruyere, B. L., & Billingsley, E. (in review). Developing a framework for
informal science education participation. Science Education.
Martin, C. B., Bright, A.B., Cafaro, P., & Bruyere, B. L. (in press). Assessing the
development of environmental virtue in an ELOB School. Journal of Experiential
Bruyere, B. L, & Beh, A. W. (in review). Differences in perceptions of communication,
tourism benefits and management issues in a Kenya protected area. Journal of
Bruyere, B. L. (2008). The effect of environmental education on the ecological literacy of
first‐year college students. Journal of Natural and Life Science Education, 37.
Beh, A. W., & Bruyere, B. L. (2007). Segmentation by visitor motivation in three Kenyan
national reserves. Tourism Management, 28(6), 1464‐1471.
Newman, P., Bruyere, B. L. & Beh, A. (2007). Service as a method for teaching
environmental leadership. Journal of Experiential Education, 30(1), 54‐69.
Bruyere, B. L., & Rappe, S. (2007). The motivations of outdoor volunteers. Journal of
Environmental Planning and Management, 50(4), 503‐516.
Bruyere, B.L. (2007). Conservation education: A book review. Human Dimensions of
Wildlife, 12, 71‐72.
Timpson, W. M., Kimmel, G. M., Bruyere, B. L., Dunbar, B., & Newman, P. (2006). 147
Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.
Manfredo, M. J., Vaske, J. J., Bruyere, B. L., Field, D. A., & Brown, P. B. (Eds.) (2004).
Society and natural resources: A summary of knowledge. Jefferson City, MO: Modern
Bruyere, B. L. (2002). Appropriate benefits for outdoor programs targeting juvenile
male offenders. Journal of Experiential Education, 25(1), 207‐213.
Bruyere, B. L., Rodriguez, D. A., & Vaske, J. J. (2002). Enhancing importance‐performance
through segmentation. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 12(1), 81‐95.
Bruyere, B. L, & Rappe, S. (2006). Volunteer motivations and implications for Volunteers
for Outdoor Colorado. Technical report to the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Denver.
Bruyere, B. L., Beh, A., Newman, P., & Freimund, W. (2005). Visitor management and
community perceptions of visitor experiences to Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba
National Reserves. Technical report to the African Wildlife Foundation, Washington DC.
Bruyere, B. L. (2004). Effectiveness of a Leave No Trace campaign for City of Boulder
Open Space and Mountain Parks. Technical report to the City of Boulder Open Space
and Mountain Parks, Boulder, CO.
Bruyere, B. L. (2003). Outcomes of service‐learning on learning, sense of place and locus
on control. Technical report to the Colorado State University Office for Service‐Learning
and Volunteer Programs, Fort Collins, CO.
Bruyere, B. L., Rodriguez, D.A., & Vaske, J. J. (1999). An assessment of the recreational
needs and preferences of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. Technical report
to the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Estes Park, CO.
SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS
Martin, B., Bright, A., Cafaro, P., Mittelstaedt, R., & Bruyere, B. (2007, November).
Cultivating environmental virtue among 7th & 8th graders in an Expeditionary Learning
Outward Bound school. Paper presented at the Symposium on Experiential Education
Research. Little Rock, AR.
Timpson, W. T., & Bruyere, B.L. (2006). "Teaching sustainability: Challenges and
opportunities." Invited presenter, Colloquium on the Assessment of Student Learning,
April 1‐2, 2006, Madison, WI.
Bruyere, B. L. (2004). Opening remarks. International Symposium for Society and
Resource Management, June 2‐6, Keystone, CO.
Bruyere, B. L. (2004). “Service learning outcomes and the land grant university.” Invited
presenter, Colorado Consortium for Service Learning state conference, February 21‐23,
Fort Collins, CO.
Bruyere, B. L. (2002). “Integrating outdoor‐based service learning in higher education.”
Invited presenter, North American Association for Environmental Education annual
conference, August 8‐11, Boston.
Bruyere, B. L. (2001). “Evaluation of a Leave No Trace educational effort.” Invited
panelist, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in the Western United States,
Regional Conference, October 18‐21, Alta, WY.
Bruyere, B. L. (2001). “Effective approaches for serving youth offenders in outdoor
programs.” Invited presenter, Association of Experiential Education Rocky Mountain
Regional Conference, April 2‐4, Logan, UT.
SPONSORED RESEARCH & FUNDED PROJECTS
As principal investigator, unless otherwise noted:
2007 Pulliam Charitable Trust. Grant renewal ($68,000) to continue an undergraduate
environmental education and leadership program in the Warner College of
2007 Center for International Protected Area Management ‐ USDA Forest Service
International Programs. $3,700 grant to assess protected area capacity building
needs in Tanzania.
2006 Pulliam Charitable Trust. $68,000 grant to develop environmental leadership
student scholar program for the Warner College of Natural Resources.
2006 National Science Foundation. $75,000 planning grant to identify effective
informal science education framework for land grant universities, with emphasis
on outreach to Hispanic and Latino audiences.
2006 Bohemian Foundation. $18,000 grant to assess and develop regional
environmental education partnerships.
2006 Center for International Protected Area Management ‐ USDA Forest Service
International Programs. $25,000 grant to conduct research and facilitate
trainings for sustainable tourism planning at Samburu National Reserve (Kenya).
2005 Bohemian Foundation. $12,000 grant to develop and evaluate outdoor based
service‐learning program for CSU Environmental Learning Center.
2005 US Environmental Protection Agency. $9,500 to develop and evaluate the use of
issue investigation and action training as a teaching tool for middle‐school level
instruction about Colorado land use issues.
2004 Center for International Protected Area Management. $21,000 to design and
develop an educational and interpretive research program for Samburu and
Buffalo Springs National Reserves.
2004 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. $10,000 grant to develop and evaluate
river restoration and water education program for Poudre River (Colorado).
2003 Bohemian Foundation. $25,000 grant to develop and implement outdoor based
environmental education and recreation program targeting at‐risk youth.
2002 (appointed PI) Corporation for National Service. $250,000 award for three‐year
project to integrate service‐learning and civic education within university
teaching and research activities.
SERVICE, OUTREACH AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
College liaison, CSU Faculty Honors Council
Peer reviewer, Society and Natural Resources
Peer reviewer, Journal of Interpretation Research
Proposal reviewer, National Science Foundation
Publication reviewer, U.S. Forest Service, Arapahoe‐Roosevelt National Forest, Canyon
Member, Service Learning Advisory Committee, Colorado State University
Member, Colorado Association for Environmental Education
Member, East Africa Wildlife Society
Member (2001‐2004), Larimer County Environmental Advisory Board
PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Communication manager, Harris/Smith Public Affairs (1994‐1997)
Campaign coordinator, Royer‐Katz Communication (1993‐1994)