Verna DeLauer

Verna DeLauer

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Natural Resource Management, University of New Hampshire


  • Nature and Culture
  • Building Sustainable Communities
  • Environmental Law
  • Health, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice
  • First Year Experience
  • Junior Seminar
  • Senior Capstone
  • Environmental Education and Citizen Engagement


  • Environmental decision-making
  • Citizen engagement and adult learning
  • Lifestyle choices and place attachment
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Risk perception


Grants Received

  • National Institutes of Health - INBRE (Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) New Hampshire. Physiological and Psychological Impacts of Time Spent Outdoors. 2019. $10,433 (Project Investigator).
  • Franklin Pierce University. Health Decision-making and Responsibility: A Constructive Developmental Lens. 2019. $4000. (Project Investigator).
  • National Institutes of Health - INBRE (Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) New Hampshire. Health behaviors and consensus among college students. 2018. $4,542. (Project Investigator).
  • National Science Foundation (NSF). Biology and Environmental Science Training (BEST) Program. 2018 – 2023. $649.931. (Project Co-Investigator)
  • National Institutes of Health - INBRE (Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) New Hampshire. Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Perceptions and Accountability in Early Adulthood. 2017 - 2018. $4000. (Project Investigator).
  • Franklin Pierce University. Community Service, Self-Reflection, and Spirituality: Creating an Eco-village Model for Student Retention. 2017-2018. $1175. (Project Investigator).
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sustaining Coastal Landscapes and Community Benefits Webinar Series: Sharing lessons learned from an interdisciplinary ecosystem services project. 2016. $800.
  • Marian and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Ecovillage Immersion to Enhance Campus Sustainability, Student Retention and Student Engagement. 2016 – 2018. $4,472.52.
  • Franklin Pierce University. Creating a Coupled Human-Natural Systems Undergraduate Research Lab. $5504.06. 2016-2018.
  • 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. 2014-2015. $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.
  • 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.
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERRS) System Science Collaborative. Sustaining Coastal Landscapes and Community Benefits: Developing an Interdisciplinary Model for Enhancing the Impact of NERRS Science 2011-13. $641,285 (Co-PI)
  • Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University. Indicators for Ecosystem Health. 2011-2013. $10,000.
  • SeaPlan. Multi-scale Integrated Modeling for Ecosystem Services (MIMES): Developing Production Functions for Socio-Cultural Services in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 2011. $10,000.
  • COMPASS/Tides Center. Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea New England Program Support. 2010-2011. $124,817. (Co-PI).
  • 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.



DeLauer, V., McGill-O’Rourke, A., Gordon, C., Hamilton, N., Desruisseaux, R., DuarteCanela, M., Heyer, A., Macksoud, K. (2019). Human papillomavirus and health decision-making: Perceptions and accountability in college. Health Education Journal.

Ekwonye, A. and DeLauer, V. (2019). Exploring Individual and Interpersonal Level Factors Associated with Academic Success of College Students at a Women’s, Faith-based Higher Institution. Higher Education Studies, 9(1).

Ekwonye, A., DeLauer, V., Cahill, T. (2019). Development and Validation of the Spiritual Impact Rating Scale for Women (SIRSW): A Tool for Assessing College Women's Spirituality. Global Journal of Health Science 11(7):128.

Roman, J., DeLauer, V., Altman, I., Fisher, B., Boumans, R., & Kaufman, L. (2018). Stranded capital: Environmental stewardship is part of the economy, too. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(3), 169-175.

Ekwonye, A.U., DeLauer, V., & Cahill, T. (2018). Effect of a spiritual retreat on perceived stress of Nigerian Catholic immigrant sisters in the United States. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 1-16.

Danko J., DeLauer, V., Rogan, J., & Martin, D. (2016). Asian Longhorned Beetle outbreak in Worcester, Massachusetts: A history of urban forestry practices. The Northeastern Geographer, 8, 1-21.

Cantor, A., DeLauer, V., Martin, D., & Rogan, J. (2015). Training interdisciplinary “wicked problem” solvers: Applying lessons from HERO in community- based research experiences for undergraduates. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 39(3), 407-419.

Cunningham S., Rogan, J., Martin, D., DeLauer, V., McCauley, S., & Shatz, A. (2015). Mapping land development through periods of economic bubble and bust in Massachusetts using landsat time series data. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 52(4), 397-415.

DeLauer, V., Rosenberg, A., Popp, N., Hiley, D., & Feurt, C. (2014). The complexity of the practice of ecosystem-based management. Integral Review, 10(1), 4 - 28.

Palmer, S., Martin, D., DeLauer, V., & Rogan, J. (2014). Vulnerability and adaptive capacity in response to the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Worcester, Massachusetts. Human Ecology, 42(6), 965-977.

Hostetler, A., Rogan, J., Martin, D., DeLauer, V., & O’Neil-Dunne, J. (2013). Characterizing tree canopy loss using multi-source GIS data in central Massachusetts, USA. Remote Sensing Letters, 4 (12), 1137-1146.

Rogan, J., Ziemer, M., Ratick, S., Martin, D., Cuba, N., & DeLauer, V. (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.

Dao, H., Downs, T., & DeLauer, V. (2013). Sustainable solid waste management in Danag, Vietnam: The 3R (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) approach focusing on community participation. Proceedings Sardinia Fourteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari.

DeLauer, V., Ryan, S., Babb, I., Taylor, P., & DiBona, P. (2012). Linking science to management and policy through strategic communication. In R. Stephenson, J. Annala, J. Runge & M. Hall-Arber (eds.), Advancing Ecosystem Research for the Gulf of Maine (89-103). American Fisheries Society

McGuigan, R., Popp, N., & DeLauer, V. (2009). The complexity of climate change and conflict resolution: Are we up to the challenge? Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 9(1), 16-19.

DeLauer, V. (2009). Book Review. (Review of the book Natural Experiments: Ecosystem-Based Management and the Environment, by J.A. Layzer). Human Ecology, 37, 251–252.