University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Forest Resources

Selected Publications

*Asah, S.T., D.N. Bengston, K. Wendt, and K.C. Nelson. 2012. Diagnostic reframing of intractable environmental problems: case of a contested multiparty public land-use conflict. Journal of Environmental Management 108:108-119.

Bengston, D.N., J. Fletcher, and K.C. Nelson. 2004. Public policy instruments for managing urban growth: An assessment of lessons learned. Landscape and Urban Planning 69:271-286. (.pdf)

*Bleser, C.S., and K.C. Nelson. 2011. Climate change and water governance: a case study of the International Joint Commission. Water Policy 13(6):877-894.

*Brummel, R., and K.C. Nelson. 2014. Does multifunctionality matter to US farmers? Farmer motivations and conceptions of multifunctionality in dairy systems. Journal of Environmental Management 146:451-462.

*Brummel, R., K.C. Nelson, and P. Jakes. 2012. Burning through organizational boundaries? Inter-organizational communication networks in policy-mandated collaborative bush fire planning groups. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 22:516-528.

Brummel, R.F., K.C. Nelson, S. Grayzeck Souter, P.J. Jakes, and D. R. Williams. 2010. Social learning in a policy-mandated collaboration: Community wildfire protection in the eastern United States. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.488090.

*Dahmus, M.E., and K.C. Nelson. 2014. Nature discourses in the residential yard in Minnesota. Landscape and Urban Planning 125:183-187.

*Dahmus, M., and K.C. Nelson. 2014. Yard stories: Examining resident’s conceptions of their yards as part of the urban ecosystem. Urban Ecosystems 17:173-194.

*Dana, G., and K.C. Nelson 2012. Social learning through environmental risk analysis of biodiversity and GM Maize in South Africa. Environmental Policy and Governance 22:238-252.

Dhakal, N.P., K.C. Nelson, and J.L.D. Smith. 2011. Resident well-being in conservation resettlement: The case of Padampur in the Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Society & Natural Resources 24:6, 597-615. DOI: 10.1080/08941921003709633.

Fingerman Johnson, J., T. Downing, and K.C. Nelson. 2008. External Sprinkler Systems and Defensible Space: Lessons Learned from the Ham Lake Fire and the Gunflint Trail. A report prepared for the Firewise Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources. (pdf)

Fissore, C., L.A. Baker, S.E. Hobbie, J.Y. King, J.P. McFadden, K.C. Nelson, and I. Jakobsdottir. 2011. Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus fluxes in household ecosystems in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, urban region. Ecological Applications 21(3):619-639.

*Fissore, C., S.E. Hobbie, J.Y. King, J.P. McFadden, K.C. Nelson, and L.A. Baker. 2011. The residential landscape: Fluxes of elements and the role of household decisions. Urban Ecosystems 14(1). DOI: 10.1007/s11252-011-0189-0.

*Fissore, C., J. McFadden, K.C. Nelson, E. Peters, L. Baker, S. Hobbie, J. King, and I. Jakobsdottir. 2012. Potential impacts of emerald ash borer invasion on biogeochemical and water cycling in residential landscapes across a metropolitan region. Urban Ecosystems 15(4):1015-1030.

Groffman, P.M., R.V. Pouyat, J. Cavender-Bares, N.D. Bettez, J.M. Grove, S.J. Hall, J. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, K.L. Larson, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson, J. O’Neill-Dunne, L. Ogden, D. Pataki, C. Polsky, R.Roy Chowdhury, and M.K. Steele. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban America. Front Ecol Environ 12(1):74-81.

Jakes, P.J., K.C. Nelson, S.A. Enzler, S. Burns, A.S. Cheng, V. Sturtevant, D.R. Williams, A. Bujak, R.F. Brummel, S. Greyzeck-Suter, and E. Staychock. 2011. Community wildfire protection planning: Is the Healthy Forest Restoration Act's vagueness genius? International Journal of Wildland Fire 20:350-363. DOI: 10.1071/WF10038 1049-8001/11/030350.

*Martini, N.F., and K.C. Nelson. The role of knowledge in residential lawn management. Urban Ecosystems (online).

*Martini, N.F., K.C. Nelson, and M.E. Dahmus. 2014. Exploring homeowner diffusion of yard care knowledge as one step toward improving urban ecosystems. Environmental Management 54(5):1223-1236.

*Martini, N.F., K.C. Nelson, S.E. Hobbie, and L.C. Baker. 2013. Why “feed the lawn”? Exploring the influence of residential turf grass fertilization in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area. Environment & Behavior doi 10.1177/0013916513492418.

Monroe, M.C., S. Agrawal, P.J. Jakes, L.E. Kruger, K.C. Nelson, and V. Sturtevant. 2013. Identifying indicators of behavior change: insights from wildfire education programs. Journal of Environmental Education 44(3):180-194.

Nerbonne, J.F., and K.C. Nelson. 2004. Volunteer macroinvertebrate mnitoring in the United States: Resource mobilization and comparative state structures. Society and Natural Resources 17:1-23. (.pdf)

Nelson, K.C., D.A. Andow, and M.J. Banker. 2009. Problem Formulation and Option Assessment (PFOA) linking governance and environmental risk assessment for technologies: A methodology for problem analysis of nanotechnologies and genetically engineered organisms. Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics (winter):732-748.

Nelson, K.C., R. Brummel, N. Jordan, and S. Manson. 2014. Social networks in coupled human and natural systems: The case of rotational grazing, weak ties, and U.S. eastern dairy landscapes. Agriculture and Human Values 31(2):245-259.

Nelson, K.C., and B. de Jong. 2003. Making global initiatives local realities: Carbon mitigation projects in Chiapas, Mexico. Global Environmental Change 13(1):19-30. (.pdf)

Nelson, K.C., G. Kibata, L. Muhammad, J.O. Okuro, F. Muyekho, M. Odindo, A. Ely, and J. M. Waquil. 2004. Problem formulation and options assessment (PFOA) for genetically modified organisms: The Kenya Case Study. In Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms: A Case Study of Bt Maize in Kenya, eds., Hilbeck, A., and D. Andow, 57-82. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. (.pdf)

Nelson, K.C., M.C. Monroe, J. Fingerman Johnson, and A. Bowers. 2005. The look of the land: Homeowner values, actions, and defensible space landscapes in Minnesota and Florida. Society and Natural Resources 18:321-336. (.pdf)

Nelson, K.C., M.C. Monroe, J. Fingerman Johnson, and A. Brower. 2004. Living with fire: Homeowner assessment of landscape values and defensible space in Minnesota and Florida, U.S.A. International Journal of Wildland Fire 13(4):413-425. (.pdf)

Polsky, C., M. Grove, C. Knudson, P. Groffman, N.D. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, S.J. Hall, J. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, K.L. Larson, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson, L. Ogden, J. O’Neill-Dunne, D. Pataki, R. Roy Chowdhury, and M.K. Steele. 2014. Assessing the homogenization of urban land management with an application to US residential lawn care. PNAS 111(12):4432-4437.

Williams, D.R., P.J. Jakes, S. Burns, A.S. Cheng, K.C. Nelson, V. Sturtevant, R.F. Brummel, E. Staychock, and S.G. Souter. 2012. Community wildfire protection planning: the importance of framing, scale, and building sustainable capacity. Journal of Forestry 110(8):415-420.