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Dr. Bryan R. Higgins

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Geography


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota in Geography and Planning, 1980
  • M.A., University of Minnesota in Geography and planning, 1976
  • B.S., University of Minnesota in Biology, cum laude, 1970


  • Human Geography
  • Global Planning Principles
  • Planning Process
  • Urban Geography and Planning
  • Geography of South America

Research and Experience

  • Ethics and Public Life Fellowship — Ecotourism and Environmental Ethics, 2001
  • Presidential Research Grant — Ecotourism Research in Australia, 1999
  • Fulbright Research Award — Urban Planning and Territorial Development in Nicaragua, 1987
  • Assessing the Feasibility of Champlain Canal Barrier Options” with Ellen Fitzpatrick, Kevin O'Neill, Mark Malchoff, J. Ellen Marsden and Michael Hauser funded by the National Sea Grant 2002
  • Rural Ecotourism Assessment Program in Belize” with The International Ecotourism Society and Programme for Belize, 2001 funded by the Summit Foundation
  • Tourism Business, Community, and Environment in the Adirondacks,” co-author with Tim Holmes, Wildlife Conservation Society, Ford Foundation, et al, 1999
  • Downtown Business Improvement Survey and Planning Recommendations,” update of the City of Plattsburgh Comprehensive Plan with Saratoga Associates, 1997

Recent Publications

  • Ecotourism-related Tour Operators,” a chapter in Encyclopedia of Ecotourism, David Weaver ed. CABI, UK 2001
  • Public Opinion Survey of the Lake Champlain Basin 2001” with Wayne Glass and Tim Mihuc funded by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ecotourism Market Demand and Industry Structure,” co-author with Paul Eagles of a chapter in Ecotourism: A Guide for Planners and Managers Vol. 2, Lindberg and Wood eds., The Ecotourism Society

Interests and Hobbies

I enjoy visiting unusual places and experiencing local hospitality. Eating and drinking local concoctions is a dream come true.

Contact Bryan Higgins

Office: Hawkins Hall 134B
Phone: (518) 564-2406
Email: [email protected]