Tatiana Iretskaia, PhD

Tatiana Iretskaia

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STPAM - Nature-based tourism, wildlife tourism, marine protected areas
Department of Community Sustainability

Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Advisor: Dan McCole

Tanya has over 15 years of experience in field biology, tour guiding and cross-cultural communication and facilitation. Originally from Russia, Tanya has lived, worked, studied and conducted research on five continents, and has traveled to over 70 countries. She holds three separate MS degrees in International Management, Applied Geo-Ecology and Regional Development (obtained in Russia and France).

Tanya’s current research interests are fueled by her personal history of ‘wow’ moments and encounters outdoors, the desire to give back and a keen apprehension for nature and all its ‘cogs and wheels’. Some of her favorite spots in the U.S. include Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin's Baraboo Hills and winter Montana, in all of which she was fortunate to be part of conservation efforts.

In addition to research, this year Tanya is concentrating on completing the MSU Certificate in College Teaching and furthering her teaching experience. Currently (Fall 2021) she is the instructor for CSUS 273-2, “Introduction to Travel and Tourism” class. In Spring 2022 Tanya will be working as graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Peters and her BS 162, "Organismal and Population Biology" class sections. Last but not least, Tanya is part of this year's MSU FAST (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) cohort.

Tanya is the recipient of the C.S. Mott Predoctoral Fellowship Award, the MSU Graduate School’ Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship, the Malcolm and Ann Kerr Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and a double recipient of the Harriette B. Sherman Scholarship in Recreation and Tourism Systems.