Corrie Knapp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability
Corrie Knapp, Ph.D., 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 Conservation 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.
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.
- Linked social-ecological vulnerability assessment of land-based livelihoods for the BLM in Colorado
- Exploration of sense of place as a concept that could help to “scale-up” landscape stewardship
- Assessment of city-scale climate action planning
- Collaboration to help define and expand “transformative science for action”
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, NEPA for Environmental Managers, and Food Systems & Sustainability.