ESPM 3202W Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning
ESPM 3271 Environmental Policy, Law and Human Behavior
ESPM 4041 Problem Solving for Environmental Change
ESPM 5202 Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning
My research interests focus on several areas: community-level analysis of institutions and organizations involved in resource conservation and development, collaboration and conflict in environmental planning and management, and social capital and resource mobilization. My recent projects focus on social institutions that support ecosystem services provided by fragmented terrestrial systems at the rural/urban interface and in developing countries; evaluation of community-level carbon mitigation projects; social maintained biodiversity efforts. Most of my international work has been done in Latin America, specifically Chiapas, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
2018-2021 Research Projects Include:
Low-input vegetation management in cities: public land managers and homeowners
Anticipatory governance in urban ecosystems
Beekeepers and managing healthy systems from colonies to communities
Bee Lawns: public perceptions of enhanced pollinator habitats
Interdisciplinary understanding of environmental change and its dynamic with human systems. Specifically, environmental sociology, community participation in natural resource planning and knowledge formation; environmental dispute management; conservation and sustainable development; social movements.
*graduate students & post-docs
Engebretson, J.M., K.C. Nelson, L.A. Ogden, K.L. Larson, J.M. Grove, S.J. Hall, D.H. Locke, D.E. Pataki, R. Roy Chowdhury, T.L.E. Trammell, P.M. Groffman. 2020. "How the nonhuman world influences homeowner yard management in the American residential macrosystem." Human Ecology, 48, 347-356.
Ramer, H., K.C. Nelson, M. Spivak, E. Watkins, J. Wolfin, M. Pulscher. 2019. "Exploring park visitor perceptions of ‘flowering bee lawns’ in neighborhood park in Minneapolis, MN, US." Landscape and Urban Planning, 189: 117-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.04.015
Thoms*, C., K.C. Nelson, A. Kubas, N. Steinhauer, M.E. Wilson, D. vanEngelsdorp. 2018. Beekeeper stewardship, colony loss, and Varroa destructor management, Ambio, (online).
Barnes*, M. R., K. C. Nelson, A. Meyer, E. Watkins, S. Bono, B. Horgan, W. Meyer, J. Murphy, C.Yue. 2018. Public land managers and sustainable urban vegetation: The case of low-input turfgrasses. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 29, 284-292.
Yue, C., J. Wang, E. Watkins, S. Bono, K.C. Nelson, J. Murphy, W. Meyer, B. Horgan. 2017. Consumer preferences for information sources of turfgrass products and lawn care, Agronomy Journal, 109(4): 1726-1733.
Larson, K., K.C. Nelson, S.R. Samples, S.J. Hall, N. Bettez, J. Cavernder-Bares, P.M. Groffman, M. Grove, J.B. Heffernan, SE Hobbie, J Learned, JL Morse, C. Neill, LA Ogden, J O’Neil-Dunne, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdhury, M. Steele, T.L. Trammell. 2015. Ecosystem services in managing residential landscapes.
Sisser, John, Kristen C. Nelson, Kelli L. Larson, Laura A. Ogden, Colin Polsky, and Rinku Roy Chowdhury. 2016. Lawn enforcement: How municipal policies and neighborhood norms influence homeowner residential landscape management, Landscape and Urban Planning, 150: 16-25.