Mathieu Brown | Prescott College

Mathieu Brown

Academic Statement

Mathieu's educational philosophy is rooted in landscape-based learning, an educational approach in which modes of travel serve as means to better understand the natural, physical and cultural world.  In this approach, adventure-based skills development, from boating to climbing, creates the platform for empowerment and leadership-skills development while our minds are attuned to learning about the natural and human landscape.  Mathieu's intention is using these stimuli as the starting point for training aspiring outdoor, conservation and land management professionals.


Northern Arizona University, M.S. in Forestry: Emphasis in Recreation Management

December 2006 summa cum laude

B.A. Southwest Studies

B.S. Business Administration and Economics

December 2000  summa cum laude


Mathieu Brown is co-director and co-coordinator of Grand Canyon Semester, a biennial offering in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park.  The interdisciplinary and experiential based program seeks to further the leadership skills of aspiring outdoor, conservation and land management professionals.


Brown, Mathieu.  “The Summits Within:  Stories of Grand Canyon Climbing.” Proceedings of the 2006 History Symposium. Todd Berger. Ed. Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon Association, 2008. 241-246.

Cole, David., Pam Foti, and Mathieu Brown. “Twenty Years of Change on Campsites in the Backcountry of Grand CanyonNational Park.” Environmental Management 41 (2008):       1401-1422.

Brown, Mathieu. “In search of the good life: portrayals of tourism in Barbara Kingsolver’s Pigs in Heaven.Journal of Popular Culture 40.4 (2007): 323-328.

Brown, Mathieu. “Wet ankles.” There’s This River . . . Grand Canyon Boatman Stories. Christa Sadler. Ed.  Flagstaff, Arizona:  This Earth Press, 2006. 214-217.

Brown, Mathieu. “Grand Canyon Monitoring Program Partners for a Leave No Trace Emphasis.” River Management Society News 17.1 (2004): 1-2, 14.


Evolution of Minimum Impact Techniques on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.  George Wright Society Symposium. Portland, Oregon (March, 2009).

 Seeking Summits Below the Rim:  Stories of Grand Canyon Climbing. Various.  (2006-2011).

Monitoring Human Impacts in Grand Canyon. Grand CanyonRiver Guides Training Seminar.  Marble Canyon, Arizona (March, 2004).

Grand Canyon to Grand Station: A History of Grand Canyon Recreation.  Incredible Rivers: Incredible Demands. Boise, Idaho (May, 2002).

 Billboards from the Superhighway:  Old West Values in New West Formats.  Southwest Symposium. Albuquerque, New Mexico (May, 2001).

 Defining the New West. Digital Presentation. New West Conference.  Flagstaff, Arizona (June, 1999).

The West:  From Workhorse to Playground. New West Conference.  Flagstaff, Arizona (June, 1999). 

Awards, Grants, & Honors
  • Grand Canyon National Park Leadership Award, 2008
  • Grand Canyon Historical Society, Research Award, 2005
  • College of Business Administration Class Speaker, 2000
  • Economics Graduate of the Year, 2000
  • Honors Program Sophomore of the Year, 1998