Adam Beeco, a 2013 graduate of Clemson University’s parks, recreation and tourism management doctoral program, is a recipient of the Best Dissertation Award by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.

Adam Beeco, a 2013 graduate of Clemson University’s parks, recreation and tourism management doctoral program, is a recipient of the Best Dissertation Award by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.

Adam Beeco, a 2013 graduate of Clemson University’s parks, recreation and tourism management doctoral program, is a recipient of the Best Dissertation Award by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.

This national-level award will be presented to Beeco during the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association’s Congress in Charlotte, N.C., in October.

He will be honored for his dissertation entitled, “Integrating Spatial Modeling into Recreational Planning in Parks and Protected Areas.”His three dissertation articles have been published in Landscape and Urban Planning, the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration and Applied Geography.

Beeco now works as an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In this role, he considers the benefits and effects of hydroelectric projects on recreation, land use and aesthetic resources. Additionally, he serves as the point of contact at FERC for determining project scopes, reporting requirements, schedules and legal regulations.

The American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration seeks to advance knowledge and encourage scholarly efforts related to the administration of parks, recreation and conservation.

— Story by Danielle Shuff, MAPC ’16