Bettina Spernbauer is pursuing her MS degree in recreation resource management at Utah State University. She is also practicing as a research assistant at the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, with research focusing on CO2 emissions caused by outdoor recreation in a protected-area setting. She completed her undergrad studies in natural-area management and environmental planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, including a semester studying alpine ecology in Norway.
Bettina has worked in several projects around sustainable tourism and protected area management, was a GIS teaching assistant, and is actively engaged in the Austrian Alpine Association. Her research interests are impacts of recreation and tourism on mountain ecosystems, visitor and protected-area management, and spatial analysis. Her overall career goal is to find sustainable solutions to combine nature conservation and outdoor recreation.