Professor Emeritus of protected area management, communication psychology, and sustainable tourism in the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources,
Dr. Ham taught graduate courses on communication psychology, sustainable tourism, interpretation, environmental communication, and international issues in nature conservation. His research has focused on the application of communication theory to interpretive guiding, sustainable tourism, and managing visitor behavior in parks and protected areas.
Professor Ham’s courses on applied communication theory and interpretive methods are in demand both in the U.S. and abroad. To date, he has conducted training workshops in 56 countries throughout North, Central and South America and in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific, reaching a combined audience of 64,000. He remains a lead trainer for US land management agencies, as well as for non-governmental organizations and private tourism operators including the World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic, Lindblad Expeditions, and Natural Habitat Adventures.
He has authored more than 400 publications including two best-selling books on interpretive methods (which, combined, have been published in nine languages). In addition, he is executive editor of the Applied Communication book series for Fulcrum Publishing in the USA. His newest book, Interpretation—Making a Difference on Purpose, was published in 2013 and is now in six languages. Professor Ham has presented in excess of 100 papers at scholarly meetings throughout the world and has delivered 67 invited keynote addresses on sustainable tourism and strategic communication at international and national conferences.