Dr. Rebecca Schild
Environment and Society
Dr. Rebecca Schild is an Assistant Professor in Recreation Resource Management based out of the Moab Regional Campus. As a Colorado native, love for public lands and outdoor adventure are in Rebecca’s blood, which motivated her to attend Colorado College. There, she earned her BA in International Sustainable Development. After graduating, she spent three years working for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a wilderness and climbing instructor. In 2008, she returned to graduate school to earn her Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University, specializing in organizational sustainability. This work led her to Fort Lewis College, where she directed the Environmental Center and served as the Sustainability Coordinator for the campus. In addition, she had the opportunity to teach several classes, which inspired her to return to graduate school to earn her PhD in Environmental Studies at CU Boulder. Her overarching research objectives aims to understand how human systems can flourish without degrading the natural environment. Over the years, she has studied citizen science, collective action and participatory decision-making in natural resource management, and the connection between outdoor recreation, stewardship, and environmental values. In addition to her academic work, Rebecca co-founded and directed experiential education semesters for gap year and college-aged students at the High Mountain Institute, which focused on outdoor education, conservation, and leadership. In her free time, she can be found climbing, trail running, or road-tripping in her Scamp trailer with her husband, newborn daughter, and dog.