Student Highlight

Leah Joyner, MS-STLeah Joyner

Leah's passion for food and agritourism inspired the second year MS-ST student to co-host (with Dr. Carol Kline) the Sustainable Farm Tour this past year in the Greenbriar Valley of West Virginia. Leah recently gave her mid-semester presentation on the experience. This is one presentation you will not want to miss out on! View it now!!

As pictured above, Leah also has a profound passion for photography. Her work is amazing and you can view her collection here.



Emily Ayscue

  • BS in Geology, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Climate and Weather forecast use in NC Coastal Tourism Businesses
  • Center GA work: RETI Webinars & Climate, Weather, and Tourism Initiative
  • Post graduation plans: Get involved in climate education possible tourism outreach
Nigel Barefoot

Nigel Barefoot

  • BS in Marketing, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: N/A
  • Post graduate plans: work on a corporate board as Chief Sustainability Officer
JP Duncan

JP Duncan

  • BS Business Administration: Managerial Finance, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Investigating Scuba Divers' Attitudes to Sustainable Shipwreck Diving in NC
  • Center GA work: NC GreenTravel & Sustainable Tourism Practices Initiative
  • Post graduation plans: Work at a brewery in sustainability
Scott Gray

Scott Gray

  • BS in Business Administration and MBA, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: The Division of Second Home Owners and their Impacts on the Host Community 
  • Center GA work: Entrepreneurship Climate Study & Travel Care Code
  • Post graduation plans: Enter a business PhD program or work in the financial industry
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Wilson Hoggard

  • BA in History: African American History, North Carolina State University
  • Thesis: How to bolster African American Visitation to Heritage Sites: A Tour Guide Perspective
  • Center GA Work: Race, Ethnicity, Social Equity, and Tourism (RESET) Initiative
  • Post graduation plans: Work at a heritage site helping increase minority visitation or start own guide service in Eastern, NC
Lucy Hurtado

Lucia Hurtado

  • Hospitality Management, Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Data Analysis with State Tourism Office
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

  • Teaching Degree in Physical Education, State Univeristy of New York Brockport
  • Thesis: "Measuring Sense of Place" (Thesis currently not titled)
  • Center GA work: Second Home Study, Roanoke River Development Project
  • Post graduation plans: Advocating for and providing services within nature based tourism
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Daniel Johnson 

  • BS in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Health, Western Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Sustainble Foods and Rural Tourism in Eastern NC 
  • Post graduation plans: Pursue PhD
Leah Joyner

Leah Joyner 

  • BS in Technical Photography and BA in Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University
  • Thesis: Exploring the Role of Photography within Agritourism Marketing
  • Center GA work: Visitor Study Project & Sustainable Food Systems 
  • Post graduation plans: Work with local food systems, sustainable agriculture and agritourism
Sam Myers

Sam Myers 

  • BA in Parks and Recreation Management, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Thesis: Greening Coastal Vacation Rental Homes 
  • Center GA work: EPA Research Project 
  • Post graduation plans: work with sustainable energy programs, consulting and building efficiency projects

Shan Newton 

  • BA in Classics, East Carolina University (currently pursing MBA)
  • Thesis: Forthcoming 
  • Current GA work: N/A
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
Heather Rubright

Heather Rubright 

  • Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, University of Florida and MBA from the University of Central Florida. 
  • Thesis: Forthcoming 
  • Center GA work: Cuba Research, Food and Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • Post graduation plans: Forthcoming
Charis Tucker

Charis Tucker 

  • BS in Elementary Education and Masters in Adult Education, East Carolina University
  • Thesis: Forthcoming
  • Center GA work: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism (RESET) Initiative 
  • Post graduate plans: open non-profit to educate and inspire minorities in tourism

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