Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sport Studies, Environmental Studies Co-Director
B.S. University of Idaho, Wildland Recreation Management, 1984
M.S. University of Montana, Wildland Recreation Management, 1989
Ph.D. University of Montana, Forestry, 1995
Amy Molitor was born and raised in Massachusetts. Childhood excursions to the mountains of New England, the Sierra Nevadas and the Pacific Northwest led her to pursue an education in outdoor recreation at the University of Idaho. After a brief stint as an environmental consultant in the desert southwest, she returned to the cool forests and mountains of the north and worked towards her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Montana. Her dissertation focused on developing and identifying effective persuasive communication techniques for utilization in educational efforts designed to promote safe travel in occupied grizzly bear habitat.
Amy spent several seasons conducting research in and around Glacier National Park. In addition to her doctoral research, she has examined backcountry visitors' attitudes toward grizzly bears, estimated trail use and explored backcountry visitors' travel patterns. Amy has also been involved in the social assessment component of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project. Current interests are in the areas of environmental education, the human dimensions of wildlife management, and sustainable tourism.
Out of the classroom, Amy enjoys travelling, hiking, backpacking, skiing, biking and spending time with her husband and two daughters.