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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Landscape Planning and Sustainable Tourism
Daniel J.Marcucci, AICP
Assistant Professor, Planning Program
As a professional planner, I am committed to affecting change for the public good. Specifically for me, this includes understanding the nature of landscapes as coupled human and natural systems, how they hold meaning, how they change, and how human activities are sustainable (or not). I am drawn to coastal, rural, and natural landscapes. I am interested in working with communities impacted by exogenous and endogenous influences such as urban expansion, climate change, resource development, declining local economics, and economic development (including tourism).
My research and professional work focuses on the evolution of landscapes and the creation of landscapes and ecoregions as viable, dynamic, and sustainable. My expertise is in the area of how processes shape landscapes and how intentional planning and design influence landscape trajectories. I am particularly interested in ecoregional plans as the complement to urban megaregions as well as in the edge effects of growing megaregions on natural, rural, and coastal landscapes. As an academic teaching in a professional degree, I am committed to both research and professional practice that has relevance to improving practice and to the challenges that my students will face in their professional careers. My long-term professional goal is to advance the practice of ecological landscape planning, an activity that is rooted in landscape architecture and environmental planning but draws from geography, ecological sciences, political science, history, art, and engineering among others. Bridges, buildings, biodiversity, and beauty all need to exist in sustainable landscapes. This has led to specific research projects on the North Carolina coast, highway infrastructure's effects on landscapes, green infrastructure strategies, the interplay between the two infrastructures, changing rural regions, and climate change adaptation strategies.