Erik Nielsen


PhD, Natural Resources, 2006, University of Idaho
Master's in Public Policy, 1995, Rutgers-State University of New Jersey
BA Economics and Political Science, 1990, University of California at San Diego 

Research Interests

  • Human Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Community-based Conservation Projects
  • Social and Economic Dimensions of Ecosystem Services
  • Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Social and Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Process and Outcomes of Collaborative Environmental Governance

Study Areas

  • Southwestern
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Alaska
  • Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Argentina


ENV 181: Environmental Sustainability
ENV 385W: Energy, Resources & Policy
ENV 301: Systems Sustainability and You
ENV 520: Collaboration in Environmental Management
ENV 555: Environmental Science and Policy Interface
ENV 650: Global Resource Conservation
ENV 698 Collaboration in Environmental Management

Recent Publications

McSweeney, K., Nielsen, E.A., Taylor, M. J., Wrathall, D.J., & Pearson Z., Wang, O. & Plumb, S.T. (2014). Drug Policy as Conservation Policy: Narco-Deforestation. (In Press).

Mueller, J.M., Swaffar W.S., Nielsen, E.A., Springer, A.E. & Lopez, S.M., (2013). Estimating the Value of Watershed Services Following Forest Restoration. Water Resources Research. 49(4): 1773-1781 doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20163

Chang, T., Nielsen, E.A., Auberle, W. & F.I. Solop. (2013). A Quantitative Method to Analyze the Quality of EIA Information in Wind Energy Development and Avian/bat Assessments. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 38: 142-150. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2012.07.005     

Plumb, S., Nielsen, E.A., & Y.S. Kim. (2012). Challenges of Opportunity Cost Analysis in Planning REDD+: A Honduran Case Study of Social and Cultural Values Associated with Indigenous Forest Uses. Forests. 3(2):244-264. doi:10.3390/f3020244

Harris, C.C., E.A. Nielsen, D.R. Becker, D.S. Blahna, & W.J. McLaughlin (2012). Results of Community Deliberation About Social Impacts of Ecological Restoration: Comparing Public Input of Self-Selected Versus Actively Engaged Community Members. Environmental Management50:191-203. Doi: 10.1007/s00267-012-9871-0  

Henn, M., Ostergren, D., & Nielsen, E.A. (2011). Integrating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into natural resource management: Perspectives and projects within western U.S. national parks. Park Science. 27(3): 54-61.

Carter, B.T.G. and Nielsen, E.A. (2011). Traditional and Local Ecological Knowledge of Factors Contributing to Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Population Declines. Marine Policy. 35(3): 299-308.



Office phone: 928-523-4980