Mark Gleason

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Assistant Professor

Office Address: 284C DeVos Center

Phone: 616-331-8828

Fax: 616-331-3115


Teaching Areas/Interests:

HTM 202 - International Tourism
HTM 402 - Tourism Policy Issues


B.S., Grand Valley State University
M.P.A, Western Michigan University
M.S., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Michigan Tech University


Dr. Gleason has a diverse professional experience with several Natural Resources Management agencies and environmental education programs including the National Park Service as well as outdoor adventure groups including Outward Bound and NOLS. 

Mark has nearly ten years of diverse experience in the operation of underwater robots/ROVs in education, research and industry.  His Ph.D. dissertation research demonstrated the usefulness of small ROVs in natural resources education programs.  Those programs and their development led to positions creating educational programs at museums and colleges.  Those efforts resulted in unique underwater experiences for thousands of students and the general public.  Other professional works include several years operating ROVs in the oil/gas industry in the middle-east.  His recent ROV work includes developing partnerships between government agencies, non-profits and industry to explore shipwrecks.  Those partnerships have used ROVs and side scan sonar to explore approximately thirty Great Lakes shipwrecks.  In addition, he is creating a marine tech program with a Michigan college that will provide ROV training for college students.


Areas of research interests include the use of technology in natural resources education, maritime and natural resources management and the use of robotics to explore underwater archeology sites.