Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Kathy Halvorsen


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  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES
  • 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


Please note, I no longer advise or work with Graduate Students. As the Associate Vice President for Research Development (AVPRD) I get to assist and support researchers across campus meet their research goals in a safe, successful manner.  I work closely with all of our centers, institutes, and shared facilities. My research continues and focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

I have two main research foci: indigeneity and environmental stewardship and socio-technological system transitions toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. I lead a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence project entitled “GCR: Collaborative Research: Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems (MICARES)” that focuses on Michigan Tribal Nation and rural community renewable energy adoption. This transdisciplinary project includes universities, non-governmental organizations, Tribal Nations, and policy makers across Michigan. I am also part of NSF Navigating the New Arctic funded research teams focusing on the socioecological impacts of coastal permafrost thawing in coastal Alaska. These projects are “Convergence NNA: Coordinate a Transdisciplinary Research Network to Identify Challenges of and Solutions to Permafrost Coastal Erosion and Its Socioecological Impacts in the Arctic (NNA PCE)” and “NNA Track 1: Pursuing Opportunities for Long-term Arctic Resilience for Infrastructure and Society (POLARIS).”

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy