Kelli Larson

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302
USA
480-727-3603
Email: kelli.larson@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Larson's areas of interest include human-environment interactions, water resource governance, and social dimensions of sustainability. She is primarily concerned with how and why risk perceptions, environmental attitudes, and ecological behavior vary across distinct social groups, different biophysical settings, and diverse places. With an interdisciplinary background in resource geography and multidisciplinary environmental studies, her scholarship advances knowledge of nature-society relations and the social acceptability and cultural sustainability of natural resource management regimes. Her past research spans topics from alternative farmers' agricultural information needs in the U.S. to international water conflict and cooperation worldwide. Currently, Dr. Larson is conducting research in two core areas: 1) the reasons underlying multidimensional perspectives and conflicting views on water resource governance, and 2) the causes, consequences, and feedbacks of residents' land management practices. While at ASU, much of her work has been situated in the desert metropolis of Phoenix, where she collaborates with multidisciplinary scholars in the Central Arizona;–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project and the Decision Center for a Desert City. Dr. Larson teaches classes such as Society and the Environment, Human Dimensions of Sustainability, Geographic Research Methods, and Workshops on Urban Water Governance

Expertise

water resource geography and governance; human-environment dynamics; risk perceptions, policy attitudes and sustainable behaviors; urban ecology; landscape management

Education

PhD, Resource Geography, Oregon State University - Corvallis, 2005

MA, Environmental Geography, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, 1999

BA, Geography, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, 1997

Journal Articles

2015

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2015. Envisioning the future of water governance: A survey of central Arizona water decision makers. Environmental Practice 17(1):25-35. DOI: 10.1017/S1466046614000489 . (link)

White, D. D., A. Y. Wutich, K. L. Larson and T. Lant. 2015. Water management decision makers’ evaluations of uncertainty in a decision support system: The case of WaterSim in the Decision Theater. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 58(4):616-630. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.875892. (link)

2014

Groffman, P. M., J. Cavender-Bares, N. D. Bettez, J. M. Grove, S. J. Hall, J. B. Heffernan, S. E. Hobbie, K. L. Larson, J. L. Morse, C. Neill, K. C. Nelson, J. O'Neil-Dunne, L. Ogden, D. E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury and M. K. Steele. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban America. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(1):74-81. DOI: 10.1890/120374. (link)

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Book Chapters

2013

Larson, K. L., D. C. Ibes and E. A. Wentz. 2013. Identifying the water conservation potential of neighborhoods in Phoenix, AZ: an integrated socio-spatial approach. Pp. 11-35 In: Lawrence, P. ed., Geospatial Approaches to Urban Water Resources. Vol 7. Springer Series. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4734-0_3.

2006

Edsall, R. M. and K. L. Larson. 2006. Decision making in a virtual environment: Effectiveness of a semi-immersive "Decision Theater" in understanding and assessing human-environment issues. Conference Proceedings for Automated Cartography 2006.

Posters

2015

Chipman, D. and K. L. Larson. 2015. I will survive: Cross-national perceptions of climate change risks. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Chipman, D. and K. Larson. 2015. I will survive: Cross-national perceptions of climate change risks. Poster presented at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, February 12-16, 2015, San Jose, CA.

Chipman, D., K. Larson, D. White and A. Wutich. 2015. I will survive: Perceptions of personal and global climate change risks. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2014

Hall, S. J., J. K. Learned, B. L. Ruddell, K. L. Larson, J. Cavender-Bares, N. D. Bettez, P. M. Groffman, J. M. Grove, J. B. Heffernan, S. E. Hobbie, J. L. Morse, C. Neill, K. C. Nelson, J. O'Neil-Dunne, L. A. Ogden, D. E. Pataki, W. D. Pearse, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury and M. K. Steele. 2014. Convergence of microclimate across diverse cities in the US. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-14 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link)

Larson, K. L. 2014. Ecosystem service preferences and residential landscape management: Homogeneity, heterogeneity, and scale. Presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2014, Tampa, FL.

Pearse, W. D., J. Cavender-Bares, S. E. Hobbie, N. D. Bettez, L. Darling, C. Neill, P. M. Groffman, S. J. Hall, J. B. Heffernan, K. L. Larson, J. L. Morse, K. C. Nelson, J. O'Neil-Dunne, D. E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury and M. K. Steele. 2014. Homogenization of plant diversity in six major USA cites: Integrating socio-economic, environmental, and phylogenetic information. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link)

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Reports

2013

Larson, K. L. 2013. Views and activities among municipal water managers and land planners: Stressors and strategies for resource management in metropolitan Phoenix, AZ. A report to stakeholders. Decision Center for a Desert City, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe.

Larson, K. L., D. D. White, P. Gober, C. W. Kirkwood, V. K. Smith, M. C. Nelson, C. L. Redman and S. K. Wittlinger. 2013. Advancing science in support of water policy and urban climate change adaptation at Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City: A synthesis of interdisciplinary research on climate, water, and decision making under uncertainty. Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University. Technical Report 13-02. (link)

2009

Larson, K. L., E. Cook, M. Grove, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury, P. Ogden, N. B. Grimm, P. M. Groffman, J. Harrington and J. Zimmerman. 2009. Investigating the social-ecological dynamics of residential landscapes: Insights from a multi-site collaborative workshop. Final report from LTER Workshop, February 18-19, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University.

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Thesis (PHD)

2014

Frisk Redman, E. 2014. Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Sustainability Education through the Integration of Behavioral Science into Pedagogy and Practice.. Publication.. Arizona State University. In: Larson, K. L. ed.,