"One should no longer look solely at the biophysical or geological aspects of ecosystems without exploring how socio-cultural systems influence and are influenced by these systems."

Verna DeLauer

Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies / Natural Sciences Division

Ph.D. University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught
Environment and Society
Sustainable Communities
Environmental Law
Environmental Impact Assessment

Research Interests & Areas of Expertise
Environmental decision-making, with a focus on how people value and perceive ecosystem services.

Honors & Awards

  • Early Career Scientist Scholarship, Census of Marine Life, 2010
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, 2003 – 2009
  • Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Visionary Award, 2004

Publications and Presentations

Book Chapters

DeLauer, V., S. Ryan, I. Babb, P. Taylor, P. DiBona. 2012. Linking Science to Management and
Policy through Strategic Communication. Advancing Ecosystem Research for the Gulf of Maine. American Fisheries Society.
Peer-Reviewed Papers

Verna DeLauer, Andrew Rosenberg, Nancy Popp, David Hiley, Christine Feurt. (2014). The
Complexity of the Practice of Ecosystem-based Management. Integral Review. Vol. 10. No. 1.

Andrew E. Hostetler, John Rogan, Deborah Martin, Verna DeLauer & Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
(2013). Characterizing tree canopy loss using multi-source GIS data in Central Massachusetts, USA.  Remote Sensing Letters. 4 (12), 1137.  
Shannon Palmer, Deborah Martin, Verna DeLauer, John Rogan (2013). Vulnerability and
adaptive capacity in the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Worcester, Massachusetts.  
Human Ecology. (In review).
John Rogan, Martha Ziemer, Sam Ratick, Deborah Martin, Nicholas Cuba, and Verna DeLauer (2013). The impact of tree cover loss on land surface temperature: A case study of central Massachusetts using Landsat Thematic Mapper Thermal Data.  Applied Geography. 45 (12), 49.  
Richard McGuigan, Nancy Popp, Verna DeLauer. (2009). The Complexity of Climate Change
and Conflict Resolution: Are We Up to the Challenge? Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Fall.
Verna DeLauer and Andrew Rosenberg. (2009). Book Review, Natural Experiments.
Human Ecology, August.
Conference Presentations

Carlee Shults, John Rogan, Verna DeLauer, Deborah Martin. (2014). Place Identity through
Place-Making: Stakeholders' Reactions to the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Worcester,
Alida Cantor, and Verna DeLauer. Beetles, Trees, and Policies: Using Applied, Community-
based Problem Solving as a Mechanism for Teaching Undergraduates how to Conduct
Research, Think Outside their Discipline, and Apply Book Knowledge to a Real-world Crisis.
(2012). The New England, St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society. Farmington, ME.
Verna DeLauer and Eric Van Arsdale. (2011). Perceptions of Non-point Source Pollution and
Buffers. Indicators for Ecosystem Health conference, Boston, MA.

Grants Received 
Funded Projects as Project Investigator or Researcher
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & University of New Hampshire Science Collaborative. Bridging the Gulfs: Interdisciplinary Methods for Stakeholder Engagement and Collaborative Research in the NERRS. $2500.
Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University. Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem Service Resilience in Northeast Coastal Communities: Quantifying Economic Values and Tradeoffs for Regional Decision Support. 2012-2014. $5500 Matching Funds for Sea Grant Project.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Mapping Beetles, Trees, Neighborhoods, and Policies: A Multi-Scaled, Urban Ecological Assessment of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion in New England. 2012-2015. $329,992
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & University of New Hampshire Science Collaborative. Sustaining Coastal Landscapes and Community Benefits: Developing an Interdisciplinary Model for Enhancing the Impact of National Estuarine Research Reserve Science. 2011–2014. $385,000.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & University of New Hampshire Science Collaborative. Qualitative Data Collection & Analysis Training for the National Estuarine Research Reserve. 2012-2013. $10,000.
Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University. Indicators for Ecosystem Health. 2011- 2013. $10,000.
SeaPlan contract. Multi-scale Integrated Modeling for Ecosystem Services (MIMES): Developing Production Functions for Socio-Cultural Services in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 2011. $10,000.
Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University. Municipal Officials’ Perceptions of Impervious Surfaces Impacts to Water Quality: A Mental Models Approach. Piscataqua River Estuaries Project. 2010-2011. $20,000.
Tufts University contract. Virtual Civic Engagement for the South Coast Rail Project. 2010-2011. $5,000.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, New England Program Support. 2006-2011. $1,138,864.

Pending Projects
Northeast Sea Grant College Consortium. 2014 – 2016. How the deck is stacked: revealing drivers and variability in ocean policy preferences. $105,044.
National Science Foundation. Coastal Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Collaborative Research. How key prey species pattern ecosystem service production and tradeoffs in a coastal bank ecosystem, Stellwagen Bank Area (Gulf of Maine). $78,580.

Institution Service or Academic Service
Sustainability Committee, Franklin Pierce University
Monadnock Institute Committee, Franklin Pierce University
LEAP Curriculum Committee, Clark University

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