Maria Blevins

Maria Blevins Ph.D.  is an Associate Professor of communication at Utah Valley University.  Her research focuses on conflict and organizational and environmental communication. Before becoming an academic, she was a whitewater rafting guide on the New, Gauley, and Snake Rivers. She has a passion for helping people enjoy rivers and the outdoors.  Her current research focuses on sexual harassment in the whitewater rafting industry.  She is also one of the founding members of A-DASH, an anti-discrimination organization for river professionals through the River Management Society.  She received her  BS in Outdoor Recreation Management from the University of Maine and Machias, MA in Communication and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution for Natural Resources from the University of Montana and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.