J. Mark (Mark) Fly, Ph.D.

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  Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Office: 239 Plant Biotech
Phone: (865) 974-7979
Email: markfly@utk.edu

Focus: Environmental psychology; Wildland recreation

  • Environmental Psychology; Wildland Recreation; Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Educational & Research Programs
  • Every Child Outdoors
  • Children and Nature
  • Recreation Behavior
  • Director, Human Dimensions Research Lab (Survey Research)

  • Introduction to Wildland Recreation
  • Wildland Recreation Planning and Management
  • Internships in Wildland Recreation
  • Teaching Methods in Natural Resources
  • Human Dimensions of Forestry
  • Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Fisheries

Biographical sketch

Dr. Fly is a Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and coordinator of the Wildland Recreation Concentration which is a B.S. Degree in Forestry. He also is the Director of the Human Dimensions Research Lab which is a survey research center he founded in 1993. Dr. Fly has his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in Environmental Psychology and Recreation Behavior. His research focuses on people and nature.

He also has a B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Fly grew up on a 360 acre farm on the Duck River in Maury County near Fly, Tennessee where his ancestors settled in 1795. For the past three years Dr. Fly has been particularly focused on the issue of children’s lack of connection to nature through his “Every Child Outdoors” Research Program.

Recent Publications


Ph.D. Environmental Psychology; Recreation, The University of Michigan, 1986