Biography

About Megan Epler Wood: 

Megan Epler Wood is the Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  This program undertakes science-based applied research using quantitative systems to assist business and government with the goal of achieving net positive outcomes from tourism development worldwide.  She teaches 3 classes at Harvard Extension School in the Graduate Program of Sustainability on environmental management of tourism, ecotourism, and regional tourism planning using geodesign.  For more information on classes click here.  

In 2017, Epler Wood was named as the Managing Director of the Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program at the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business.  This program has launched a small grant program to review business models, supply chains and destination accounting systems that can include the full cost of managing tourism at the local level.  For more information click here.   Further programmatic work at Cornell will include classes, conferences and research.

Epler Wood has led the international consulting practice EplerWood International since 2003 fostering ecotourism development in Africa, Asia and Latin America working as a small woman-owned contractor for USAID, the World Bank group and the Inter-American Development Bank.  She is one of the founders of the ecotourism field and has contributed to the international effort to guide the development of ecotourism with businesses, communities, governments and international organizations since 1990.  

Read more about Epler Wood's motivations in writing this book by clicking here