Dr. Corrie Knapp is an Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, as well as the Coordinator for the Master of Environmental Management in Integrative Land Management. Before coming to Western, she worked as a Research Associate for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy and as an independent research consultant. She has conducted research with Landscape Conservations Cooperatives, as well as all of the major public land agencies and several tribal groups. Her pre-academic work experience demonstrates a commitment to the resilience of human and natural communities with jobs ranging from volunteer coordinator for Colorado Environmental Coalition to librarian with the Fraser Valley Library and program coordinator for Denver Urban Gardens. This diverse and applied work history helps her to mentor students in their future careers and help them build networks to support their careers.
Research Interests: I am broadly interested in research at the intersection of climate change, land-based livelihoods, and conservation. In the field of climate change adaptation, I have conducted social vulnerability and resilience assessments, used scenario planning to help National Parks plan for change, and explored local knowledge of climate change in Alaska. At the intersection of livelihoods and conservation I have conducted several studies about the feedbacks between the ranching community and the threatened Gunnison sage-grouse, the role of local ecological knowledge in management, and practices for integrating field data with local knowledge to create vegetative models of change.
- Social vulnerability assessment of land-based livelihoods for the BLM
- Evaluation of the scenario planning process for NPS
- A review of climate change impacts on hydropower in Alaska
- Creation of a framework to combine a resilience and political ecology perspective to intervene in social-ecological systems
Teaching: I teach a wide range of courses including Integrated Skills for Environmental Management, Public Land Management, Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation, Social Science for Environmental Managers, Sustainable Rangeland Management, Adaptive Capacity, and Food Systems & Sustainability.