Ph.D. University of Michigan
Areas of Interest
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.
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
- Social equity and urban greening
*graduate students & post-docs)
- 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.
- Groffman, Peter M., J. Morgan Grove, Colin Polsky, Neil D. Bettez, Jennifer L. Morse, Jeanine Cavender-Bares, Sharon J. Hall, James B. Heffernan, Sarah E. Hobbie, Kelli L. Larson, Christopher Neill, Kristen Nelson, Laura Ogden, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Diane Pataki, Rinku Roy Chowdhury, and Dexter H. Locke. 2016. Satisfaction, water and fertilizer use in the American residential macrosystem. Environmental Research Letters, 11(3) 034004.
- Manson, S. M., N. Jordan, K.C. Nelson, and R. F. Brummel. 2016. Modeling the effect of social networks on adoption of multifunctional agriculture. Environmental Modeling and Software, 75: 388-401.
- Nelson, K.C., R. Brummel, N. Jordan, and S. Manson. 2014. Social networks in coupled human and natural systems: The case of rotational grazing, weak ties, and U.S. eastern dairy landscapes. Agriculture and Human Values. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-013-9462-6.
- Martini, N.F., K.C. Nelson, S.E. Hobbie, and L.C. Baker. 2013. Why “Feed the Lawn”? Exploring the influence of residential turf grass fertilization in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area. Environment & Behavior, DOI 10.1177/0013916513492418.
- Dahmus, M. and K.C. Nelson. 2013. Yard Stories: Examining resident’s conceptions of their yards as part of the urban ecosystem. Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-013-0306-3.
- Fissore, C., McFadden, J., Nelson, K.C., Peters, E., Baker, L., Hobbie, S., King, J., and I. Jacobsdottir. 2012 Potential impacts of emerald ash borer invasion on biogeochemical and water cycling in residential landscapes across a metropolitan region, Urban Ecosystems (in press)
- Hobbie, S. E., L. A. Baker, C. Fissore, J. Y. King, J. P. McFadden, and K. C. Nelson. 2012. Planetary Stewardship Begins at Home. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 92:389-391
- Brummel, R., K.C. Nelson, and P. Jakes. 2012. Burning through organizational boundaries? Inter-organizational communication networks in policy-mandated collaborative bush fire planning groups, Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, (in press).
- Fissore, C., S.E. Hobbie, J.Y. King, J.P. McFadden, K.C. Nelson, and L.A. Baker. 2011. The residential landscape: fluxes of elements and the role of household decisions. Urban Ecosystems, DOI 10.1007/s11252-011-0189-0.
- Bleser, C. S.*, and K.C. Nelson. 2011. Climate change and water governance: A case study of the International Joint Commission. Water Policy, 13(6): 877-894.
- Jakes, P.J., K.C. Nelson, S.A. Enzler, S. Burns, A.S. Cheng, V. Sturtevant, D.R. Williams, A. Bujak, R.F. Brummel, S.G. Souter, and E. Staychock. 2011. Community wildfire protection planning: Is the Healthy Forests Restoration Act’s vagueness genius? International Journal of Wildland Fire, In press.
- Fissore, C., L.A. Baker, S.E. Hobbie, J.K. King, J.P. McFadden, K.C. Nelson, and I. Jakobsdottir. 2010. Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus fluxes in household ecosystems in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, urban region. Ecological Applications. In press.
- LeDee, O.E., K.C. Nelson, and F.J. Cuthbert. 2010. The challenge of threatened and endangered species management in coastal areas. Coastal Management, 38:337-353.
- Dhakal, N.P., K.C. Nelson, and J.L.D. Smith. 2010. Resident Wellbeing in Conservation Resettlement: The Case of Padampur in the Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Society and Natural Resources. In press.
- Gurung, B., K.C. Nelson, and J.L.D. Smith. 2010. Impact of grazing restrictions on livestock composition and husbandry practices in Madi Valley, Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Environmental Conservation 36 (4): 338-347.