Kelly Biedenweg
Assistant Professor - Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies natural resource management in two directions: how humans benefit from the natural environment and how human actions impact the natural environment.  My research has been based in the Pacific Northwest and Latin America.  I use a variety of tools from psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science and other disciplines to help resource managers better understand and integrate social sciences into natural resource management, with specific expertise in:

  • Conservation Psychology and Human Wellbeing
  • Applied research on human dimensions of natural resource management
  • Program Evaluation and Facilitation
  • Environmental Education and Social Learning
OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
154 Nash Hall
United States


FW 289: Communication Skills for Fisheries and Wildlife Professionals

FW 340: Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources

FW 560: Psychology of Natural Resource Decisions


Lead Social Scientist (2013-2015): University of Washington Tacoma

Postdoctoral research (2011-2013): Woods Institute of the Environment and School of Education, Stanford University

Ph.D. (2010): Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

M.S. (2005): Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

B.S. (1998): Marine Ecology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department


Publications are available on my research website

Outreach and Extension

I work with several natural resource and conservation organizations, including the Puget Sound Partnership, The Nature Conservancy and the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. 

Fun Fact

I started pottery during the writing phase of my dissertation and haven’t stopped.  I also love growing flowers and vegetables.