Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources
Pierskalla's research interests are in understanding how people use, perceive and benefit from outdoor recreation areas. Social and biophysical indicators of outdoors recreation quality are derived from a better understanding of human-nature relationships and affordances. Much of his recent research supports public resource land management and agricultural tourism and include:
- Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest National Visitor Use Monitoring Project
- George Washington Jefferson National Forest National Visitor Use Monitoring Project
- White Mountain National Forest visitor use monitoring
- Examining scenic beauty of Savannah's urban forest
- The restorative benefits of outdoor recreation
- Trail development in Brazil: Tapajos National Forest
- Dealing with uncertainty in land management planning
- Trail erosion
- Pierskalla, C.D., Deng, J., and Siniscalchi, J.M. (2016). Examining the product and process of scenic beauty evaluations using moment-to-moment data and GIS: The case of Savannah, GA. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 19: 212-222.
- Riley, C., Pierskalla, C., Burn, R., Maumbe, K., and Smaldone, D. (2015). Examining OHV user displacement at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Sand Lake: A ten year trend study. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 9:44-52.
- Andrada, R., Deng, J., Pierskalla, C. (2014). A Conjoint Approach in Estimating the Importance of Urban Forests Versus other Major Tourism Attractions in Urban Tourism Destinations: Insights from Washington D.D. Tourism Analysis. 3
- Dhami, I., Deng, J. Burns, R. C., & Pierskalla, C. (2014). Identifying and Mapping Forest-Based Ecotourism Areas in West Virginia Incorporating Visitors' Preferences. Tourism Management, 42:165-176.
- Pierskalla, C., Ramthun, R., Collins, A., and Semmens, K. (2013). The Discriminant Validity of Event Quality and Quantity: An Evaluation of Fishing Experiences. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 18:234-235.