Jaclyn Rushing

Social Scientist

Jaclyn Rushing profile photo. Young woman with dark hair, wearing a backpack with bear spray and long range walkie talkie, stands on a rocky outcrop before an alpine backdrop.

Email: jaclyn.rushing@usda.gov
Phone: (406) 542-4194
Fax: (406) 542-4196

790 E Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59801


2020 - Present PhD Candidate, University of Montana, Department of Society and Conservation

2017 M.S., Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis

2014 B.A., Dual Major in Environmental Studies and Romance Languages, University of Oregon, Robert D. Clarke Honors College, Eugene.


Jaclyn is a social scientist who focuses on outdoor recreation, parks, and protected area management with a specific interest in relevance, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is energized by relationships with practitioners, stakeholders, and fellow scientists. Jaclyn has worked for municipal, state, and national parks and has a background in basic and applied mixed-methods and multi-disciplinary research. She believes that multiple approaches allow more nuanced understanding of complex social phenomena and uses quantitative and qualitative methods, spatial analysis, netnography, and historical research. Jaclyn’s past work includes understanding relationships among resident constraints, visitation, and place attachment to urban parks, case studies of gentrification results of urban park development, gendered experiences and approaches to mountaineering and glaciology, effects of social media on tolerance of wolves, and several monitoring studies on visitor use and experience in national parks, Wilderness, and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Jaclyn is thrilled to join ALWRI to support equitable and inclusive Wilderness stewardship into future.  

Scientific Publications

Thomsen, J. M., Rice, W. L., Rushing, J. F., & Armatas, C. A. (2023). U.S. wilderness in the 21st century: A scoping review of wilderness visitor use management research from 200 to 2020. Journal of Leisure Research, 54(1), 3–25. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/00222216.2022.2142870

Thomas, E. R., Rice, W. L., Rushing, J. R., Thomsen, J. M., & Armatas, C. A. (2022). Constraints to wilderness recreation: A scoping review. International Journal of Wilderness, 28(2), 18–35. https://doi.org/10.5281/zendo.7647630

Rushing, J. R., D’Antonio, A., & Needham, M. D. (2022). Spatial Patterns of Constraints to Park Visitation among Urban Populations. Leisure Sciences, 44(8), 1033–1059. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2019.1696258

Rice, W. L., Rushing, J. R., Thomsen, J. M., & Whitney, P. (2021). Exlusionary effects of campsite allocation through reservations in U.S. national parks: Evidence from mobile device location data. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Henry, C. M., Kiewra, L. A., Knight, E. M., Rojas, C., & Rushing, J. R. (2021). (Re) Centering socioenvironmental justice: Thinking about co-management of and access to parks and protected areas in the United States. Parks Stewardship Forum, 37(3), 527–533.

Rice, W. L., Armatas, C. A., Thomsen, J. M., & Rushing, J. R. (2021). Distribution of visitor use management research in US wilderness from 2000 to 2020: A scoping review. International Journal of Wilderness, 27(3), 46–61. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7647619

Casola, W. R., Rushing, J., Futch, S., Vayer, V., Lawson, D. F., Cavalieri, M. J., Larson, L. R., & Peterson, M. N. (2020). How do YouTube videos impact tolerance of wolves? Human Dimensions of Wildlife. https://doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2020.1773582

Rigolon, A., Keith, S. J., Harris, B., Mullenbach, L. E., Larson, L. R., & Rushing, J. (2020). More than “just green enough”: Helping park professionals achieve equitable greening and limit environmental gentrification. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 38(3), 29–54. https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2019-9654

Rushing, J. R., Needham, M. D., D’Antonio, A., & Metcalf, E. C. (2019). Barriers to attachment? Relationships among constraints, attachment, and visitation to urban parks. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 27, 100228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2019.100228

Carey, M., Jackson, M., Antonello, A., & Rushing, J. (2016). Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research. Progress in Human Geography, 40(6), 770–793. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132515623368