Dr. David R. Perkins IV is an assistant professor of geography and sustainable tourism in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University. His research and outreach foci include sustainable tourism to promote community development, tourism climatology and human-weather interactions in business strategy contexts.
Perkins leads curriculum development, teaching and student advising at Missouri State in sustainability curricula: sustainability minor, minor in sustainable tourism development, sustainability graduate certificate and a major in geography and sustainability (focus in sustainable development).
His most recent outreach projects include collaborations with community leaders to create sustainable community development goals for the Ozarks region and developing participatory engagement strategies for sustainable tourism development in rural coastal communities in Jamaica. Perkins is published in a variety of interdisciplinary academic journals, such as International Journal of Biometeorology, Weather Climate & Society, Atmosphere, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Physical Geography, International Journal of Cardiology and forthcoming in Governance for Sustainable Development Review. He has formally presented academic research at more than 30 conferences throughout the United States, and internationally in Sweden, Cuba, New Zealand and Canada.
Sustainability expert Dr. David Perkins addresses climate change.