Verna DeLauer

Assistant Professor

Verna DeLauer Bio Photo


PhD, Natural Resource Management, University of New Hampshire

Phone: (603) 899-4384

Courses Taught
  • 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
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Environmental decision-making
  • Citizen engagement and adult learning
  • Lifestyle choices and place attachment
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Risk perception

Publications and Presentations

Joseph, Danko III., Verna DeLauer, John Rogan, Deborah Martin (2016). Asian Longhorned Beetle Outbreak in Worcester, Massachusetts: A History of Urban Forestry Practices. The Northeastern Geographer. Volume 8.

John Harris, Douglas Challenger, Gerald Burns, Melinda Jette, Verna DeLauer. (2016).
Documentary film – “From Hurricane to Climate Change.” Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture – Franklin Pierce University.

Alida, Cantor, Verna DeLauer, Deborah Martin, John Rogan. (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.

Sean Cunningham, John Rogan, Deborah Martin, Verna DeLauer, Stephen McCauley,
Andrew Shatz. (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.

Verna DeLauer, Andrew Rosenberg, Nancy Popp, David Hiley, Christine Feurt. (2014). The
Complexity of the Practice of Ecosystem-based Management. Integral Review. 10 (1), 4 - 28.

Shannon Palmer, Deborah Martin, Verna DeLauer, John Rogan (2014). Vulnerability and
Adaptive Capacity in Response to the Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation in Worcester,
Massachusetts. Human Ecology. 42(6), 965-977.

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), 1137-1146.

John Rogan, Martha Ziemer, Sam Ratick, Deborah Martin, Nicholas Cuba, 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.

Hoang Dao, Timothy Downs, Verna DeLauer. (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.

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

Richard McGuigan, Nancy Popp, Verna DeLauer. (2009). The Complexity of Climate
Change and Conflict Resolution: Are We Up to the Challenge? Conflict Resolution Quarterly.9(1), 16-19.

Verna DeLauer (2009). Judith A. Layzer (Ed): Natural Experiments: Ecosystem-Based
Management and the Environment. Human Ecology, 37: 251–252.

Professional Memberships

  • PhotoVoice
  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
  • New Hampshire Environmental Educators Association



  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Monadnock Institute for Nature, Place and Culture
  • Sustainability Council
  • Retention Committee
  • New England Center for Civic Life

Grants Received

  • 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.