Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Kathleen E. Halvorsen


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Professor of Natural Resource Policy

Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

  • PhD, Forest Resource Management, University of Washington
  • MS, Environmental Science, State University of New York
  • BS, Political Economy of Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley

Natural Resource Policy

I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. As part of the Environmental and Energy Policy Graduate Program, I teach SS5300 Environmental and Energy Policy.

I currently have two main research foci: climate change mitigation and biodiversity protection. I am studying climate mitigation through energy conservation with a new NSF INFEWS grant focused on the United States and the Netherlands.  I also lead a large, international, transdisciplinary group of researchers studying the impacts of forest-related bioenergy across the Americas that is funded by, among other sources, NSF PIRE and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) CRN3 programs.  One dimension of this project is the study of impacts on biodiversity which is an area of research that I will increasingly focus on over the next few years.

I served on the 2010-11 National Academy of Science's Committee on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels and you can download our report as a free pdf here.

My research projects and supervision of graduate students are very transdisciplinary. I have the pleasure of working with a wide variety of social, natural, and applied (engineering) scientists across Europe, China, and North and South America.  I have also taught about and studied the acquisition of transdisciplinary scientific teamwork skills.

On a more personal level, I love to spend time hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, knitting, and spending time with my dogs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Biodiversity policy
  • Bioenergy policy

Recent Publications

  • Halvorsen, K.E., J.L. Knowlton, A.S. Mayer, C.C. Phifer, T. Martins, E.C. Pischke*, T.S. Propato, C. Garcia, M. Chiappe, A. Eastmond, J. Licata, M. Kuhlberg, R. Medeiros, V. Picasso, G. Mendez, P. Primo, A. Frado, S. Veron, J. Dunn. 2016. Assessing the Success of an International, Interdisciplinary Energy-related Research Project. Journal of Environmental Science and Studies. 6(2)313-323.
  • Norris, P., M. O’Rourke, A. Mayer, and K.E. Halvorsen. 2016. Doubling Down: Transdisciplinary Research Team Formation as a Wicked Problem. Invited Manuscript for Special Issue\Wicked Problems. Landscape and Urban Planning. 151(7).
  • Asbjornsen, Heidi, Alex S. Mayer, Kelly W. Jones, Theresa Selfa, Leonardo Saenz, Randall K. Kolka, Kathleen E. Halvorsen. 2015. Assessing the Impacts of Payments for Watershed Services on Sustainability in Coupled Natural and Human Systems. Bioscience 65(6)579-91.
  • Floress, K., K. Akamani, K.E. Halvorsen, A.T. Kozich*, and M. Davenport. 2015. The Role of Social Science in Successfully Implementing Watershed Management Strategies. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 154(April)85-105.
  • Solomon Barry D., Aparajita Banerjee*, Alberto Acevedo, Kathleen E. Halvorsen, and Amarella Eastmond. 2015. Policies for the Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Pan America: A Review and Synthesis of Five Countries. Special Isssue of Environmental Management on Bioenergy across the Americas. 56(6)1276-1294.
  • NRC-NAS Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production (Lave, L.B. (chair), I.C. Burke (co-chair), W.E. Tyner (co-chair), V.H. Dale, K.E. Halvorsen, J.D. Hill, S.R. Kaffka, K.C. Klasing, S.J. McGovern, J.A. Miranowski, A. Patrinos, J.L. Schnoor, D.R. Schweikhardt, T.L. Selfa, B.L. Sohngen, and J.A. Soria). 2011. Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy. Natural Research Council of the National Academies.

Recent Funding

  • OISE-PIRE: Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, and Bioenergy Development across the Americas (Lead Principal Investigator), Funded by NSF PIRE Program, 2012-2017, $4,841,735.
  • RCN-SEES: A Research Coordination Network on Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability (Co-PI), Funded by NSF RCN program, 2011-2015, $750,000.
  • NSF INFEWS: INFEWS/T3: Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation. Senior Personnel. $3,000,000. 2016-2021.
  • NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems: Biocomplexity of Hydrological Services Payments and Watershed Sustainability in Mexico. $1,500,000 National Science Foundation Coupled Natural and Human Systems (NSF CNH). 2014-2019
  • Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) CRN3 Grant: Interdisicplinary Research Team Development and Bioenergy Impact Assessment. $200,000. 2014-2016

Teaching Experience

  • SS5340 Principles of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research
  • SS5300 Environmental and Energy Policy
  • FW3110 Natural Resource Policy
  • SS4390 Climate Change and Society
  • SS/FW3760 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources