Sandra De Urioste-Stone

Nature-Based Tourism Program Leader, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Tourism Planning and Evaluation (“Greening of Tourism”)
  • Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods
  • Visitor Travel and Risk Behavior
  • Community Resilience and Vitality
  • Community Engagement and Sustainable Development
  • Collaborative Natural Resource Management
  • Conservation and Ecosystem Services
  • Interests in the U.S. and Latin America

Research Projects


  • University of Idaho, Ph.D.
  • University of Idaho, M.S.
  • Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, B.A


  • SFR 150: Introduction to Tourism
  • SFR 224: Sustainable Tourism Development
  • SFR 226: Park Systems of the World
  • SFR 436: Private and Commercial Recreation
  • SFR 493: Sustainable Tourism Planning
  • SFR 613: Qualitative Data Analysis


Sandra De Urioste-Stone is an Associate Professor with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine. Her work focuses on sustainable tourism, community resilience and adaptation to climate change, outdoor recreation, and collaborative management of natural resources. De Urioste-Stone’s current research projects include an economic impact study of the tourism industry in Maine, a study looking at climate change resilience in rural Maine communities, a study on community perceptions of sustainable tourism in Maine, a study on visitor perceptions of climate change and tourism, and a community based health study on controlling Chagas disease in Guatemala.

Prior to joining the University of Maine, De Urioste-Stone was a Department Chair, Professor and Researcher at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Her research there looked at issues in sustainable tourism, global changes, and collaborative management. She was also the Ecotourism Program Manager for a non-profit conservation organization working with indigenous and rural communities. She enjoys working with indigenous groups and understanding how people interact with, benefit from, and care for the environment.

Funding for De Urioste-Stone’s research has come from the University of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (Emerging Opportunities Grant), the University of Maine’s Office of the President, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the World Health Organization’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and the International Development Research Center.

Selected Publications

S.M. De Urioste-Stone, P.M. Pennington, E. Pellecer, T. Aguilar, G. Samayoa, H. Perdomo, H. Enriquez, and J.G. Juárez, “Development of a Community-Based Intervention for the Control of Chagas Disease Based on Peridomestic Animal Management: An Eco-Bio-Social Perspective,” Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (in press).

D. Bustamante, S.M. De Urioste-Stone, and P. Pennington, “Ecological, Social and Biological Risk Factors for Continued Chagas Disease Transmission by Triatoma dimidiata in Guatemala,” PLoS ONE 9, no. 8 (2014).

S.M. De Urioste-Stone, W.J. McLaughlin, K. Guilfoyle, E. Inglebret, and N. Sanyal, “Co-Administration in the Zunil Regional Municipal Protected Area, Guatemala,” Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 31, no. 3 (2013): 61-76.

S.M. De Urioste-Stone, W.J. McLaughlin, and N. Sanyal, “Using the Delphi Technique to Identify Topics for a Protected Area Co-Management Capacity Building Programme,” International Journal of Rural Management 2, no. 2 (2006): 191-211.