Dr. Michael Campbell was appointed as Director of the Natural Resources Institute for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2012. Prior to joining the NRI, Dr. Campbell was a Professor in the B.R.M.C.D. Program, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba. Dr. Campbell's research interests focus primarily upon the relationship between various forms of nature based tourism, outdoor recreation and the environment in which these activities takes place. In this context the environment is viewed very broadly and includes the physical (abiotic), living (biotic), and social (cultural) spheres. As such a good deal of his work is focused upon mitigating impacts in natural environments and the human dimensions of wildlife and natural resources.