Dr. Peter Kumble is an applied landscape ecologist and environmental planner with extensive experience in the fields of community planning, natural resource management, and the day-to-day operation of a professional consulting firm.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Peter taught at an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and was the principal partner in a nationally recognized landscape architecture and planning consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan; The Johnson Hill – Land Ethics Studio, Inc.
Peter has focused his professional career on developing broad-based land protection and sustainable land use planning approaches and promoting techniques that foster effective resource conservation. Recent research has focused on mitigating the user impacts associated with Eco Tourism on sensitive resources in developing countries.
Peter has focused his academic career on developing broad-based land protection and sustainable land use planning approaches and promoting techniques that foster resource conservation on natural and cultural landscapes.
Recent scholarly research:
- Mitigating the user impacts associated with ecotourism on sensitive resources in developing countries with a focus on Belize, Guatemala, and Brazil.
- Developing management approaches of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize, Central America.
- Indentifying the social role of participatory ecotourism in the Kalunga communities of Goias, Brazil: a historical process of building up human capital, self-esteem, and inclusion for the Brazilian Afro-descendants.
- Identifying the driving forces behind the disappearance of Medieval field patterns in the Czech Republic.
- Interpreting water use and conservation at three significant historic agricultural landscapes in Central and western Massachusetts: Naumkeag, Hancock Shaker Village, and Sturbridge Village.