Hi, I’m Mark Ellison. I help people use the restorative power of nature for optimal health and work effectiveness.
I earned my doctorate in adult education and human resource development from North Carolina State University. The research for my dissertation explored the restorative benefits of hiking in wilderness solitude and the relationship to job satisfaction. I founded HikingResearch.com as a doctoral student at NC State and it has evolved to become a primary resource for research on how nature impacts health and work effectiveness.
I was introduced to hiking as an undergraduate at Western Carolina University in beautiful Cullowhee, North Carolina, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains near the Appalachian Trail and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is also where I live. I enjoy spending as much time as possible in nature by hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking.
I have developed programs for organizations and groups including regional chambers of commerce, medical centers, businesses and universities focused on the use of nature and improved health and work effectiveness (Eco-Human Resource Development).
You can contact me via email at hikingresearch at yahoo.com.
Magazine, newspaper and online articles that have referenced my work include:
North Carolina State University Alumni Magazine (October 2013)
Journeys Magazine – November/December 2010 (Go to “Emotional Rescue” on page 3)