Elisabeth K Larson

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Elisabeth K Larson

  • SUPPORT SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.6636
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 618
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Brief Bio

    I am an urban ecologist by training, currently working as a support scientist in the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Prior to that, I was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Terrestrial Ecology Program, Earth Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters.

    The majority of my work here at NASA is related to incorporating humans into our understanding of ecological processes. Rather than thinking of humans as external factors that mainly disturb the ecosystem, we recognize that people are internal agents that both drive and respond to changes in the system. Developing this kind of ecological understanding requires an interdisciplinary perspective, including (but not limited to) the fields of urban planning, sociology, economics, anthropology, history, engineering, etc.

    There are 3 main activities I am involved with:


    • I am the Coordinator for the North American Carbon Program (NACP), a multi-agency, multidisciplinary scientific research program focused on carbon sources and sinks in North America and its adjacent oceans.




    Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group

    Social Sciences Coordinating Committee


     

    Positions/Employment

    8/2014 - Present

    Senior Scientist

    SSAI, Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    9/2012 - 8/2014

    Science & Technology Policy Fellow

    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NASA Headquarters
    • Assisted in program management, including planning and co-chairing peer review panels and recruitment of panelists, preparation of funded research highlights, collaboration with interagency and international entities
    • Ex-officio member of the Science Definition Team for the upcoming ABoVE Field Campaign; aided in recruitment and selection of Team members, especially from the social sciences; assisted in developing the Concise Experiment Plan, the foundational document for future NASA requests for proposals
    5/2010 - 7/2012

    Research Associate/Lab Manager

    University of Washington, Urban Ecology Research Lab College of Built Environments
    • Collaborated in conceptual development of urban ecology theoretical advances; mentored graduate students
    • Assisted in grant proposal writing and administrative preparation (10+ proposals)
    1/2010 - 5/2010

    Adjunct Faculty

    Maricopa County Community Colleges, Biology Department Scottsdale Community College
    • Taught Environmental Biology for Non-majors. Lecture preparation and delivery, running lab sessions, grading
    1/2007 - 12/2009

    Research Assistant

    School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
    • Sustainable Infrastructure for Energy and Water Supply (SINEWS), with Dr. C Perrings
    • Environmental and Economic Impacts of Material Used in Future Urban Development with Dr. C Perrings
    8/2005 - 12/2009

    Fellow

    IGERT in Urban Ecology, Arizona State University
    • Organized reading groups and seminars, liaised with faculty coordinators, advised on requirements and recruiting
    8/2003 - 5/2005

    Teaching Assistant

    School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
    • TA for Biology for non-majors, undergraduate Ecology
    2001 - 2003

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Mystic River Watershed Association, Arlington, MA
    •  Managed a volunteer water quality monitoring program; reported on results to community stakeholders, science steering committee, area water resource managers
    2000 - 2001

    Database Analyst

    YouthBuild USA, Somerville, MA
    • Administered a custom-built software package for tracking student performance and attendance
    1997 - 2000

    Product Manager and Database Analyst

    Target Analysis Group, Cambridge, MA
    • Fundraising data analysis for non-profit organizations; managed up to 9 employees

    Education

    2014  Course: Remote Sensing of the Environment, University of Maryland


    2010  PhD, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University


    2007  Stable Isotopes in Ecology Lecture/Lab Course, University of Utah


    2000–02  Courses in environmental & related sciences at Harvard Extension

    School, UMass Boston, UMass Amherst, IA State University


    1996 BA, History, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

    Research Interests

    Human Dimensions of Environmental Change

     

    Arctic Ecosystems

     

    Biogeochemistry

     

    Ecological Economics

     

    Teaching Experience

    2014 - Present Guest lecturer, University of Maryland Baltimore County, "Humans and Ecosystems in the Arctic"


    2010 Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department Scottsdale Community College

    • Taught Environmental Biology for Non-majors. Lecture preparation and delivery, running lab sessions, grading


    2003 - 2005 Teaching Assistant, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

    • TA for Biology for non-majors, undergraduate Ecology

    Publications

    Refereed

    Miller, C. E., P. Griffith, S. Goetz, et al. E. Hoy, N. Pinto, I. McCubbin, A. K. Thorpe, M. A. Hofton, D. J. Hodkinson, C. Hansen, J. Woods, E. K. Larsen, E. S. Kasischke, and H. A. Margolis. 2019. "An overview of ABoVE airborne campaign data acquisitions and science opportunities." Environmental Research Letters, 14 (8): 080201 [10.1088/1748-9326/ab0d44]

    Maxwell, K. B., S. H. Julius, A. E. Grambsch, et al. A. R. Kosmal, E. Larson, and N. Sonti. 2018. "Chapter 11 : Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities. Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II." Fourth National Climate Assessment, [10.7930/nca4.2018.ch11]

    Romero-Lankao, P., K. R. Gurney, K. C. Seto, et al. M. Chester, R. M. Duren, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, P. Marcotullio, L. Baker, N. B. Grimm, C. Kennedy, E. Larson, S. Pincetl, D. Runfola, L. Sanchez, G. Shrestha, J. Feddema, A. Sarzynski, J. Sperling, and E. Stokes. 2014. "A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas, and carbon." Earth's Future, 2: 515 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014EF000258]

    Hutyra, L. R., R. Duren, K. R. Gurney, et al. N. Grimm, E. A. Kort, E. Larson, and G. Shrestha. 2014. "Urbanization and the carbon cycle: Current capabilities and research outlook from the natural sciences perspective." Earth's Future, 2: 473 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014EF000255]

    Weaver, C. P., S. Mooney, D. Allen, et al. N. Beller-Simms, T. Fish, A. E. Grambsch, W. Hohenstein, K. Jacobs, M. A. Kenney, M. A. Lane, L. Langner, E. Larson, D. L. McGinnis, R. H. Moss, L. G. Nichols, C. Nierenberg, E. A. Seyller, P. C. Stern, and R. Winthrop. 2014. "From global change science to action with social sciences." Nature Climate Change, 4: 656 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1038/nclimate2319]

    Larson, E. K., S. R. Earl, E. M. Hagen, et al. R. L. Hale, H. E. Hartnett, M. McCrackin, M. McHale, and N. B. Grimm. 2013. "Beyond Restoration and into Design: Hydrologic Alterations in Aridland Cities." Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design: Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities, Dordrecht: 183-210.

    Larson, E. K., and C. Perrings. 2013. "The value of water-related amenities in an arid city: The case of the Phoenix metropolitan area." Landscape and Urban Planning, 109 (1): 44-55 [10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.10.008]

    Maliszewski, P., E. K. Larson, and C. Perrings. 2012. "Environmental determinants of unscheduled residential outages in the electrical power distribution of Phoenix, Arizona." Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 99: 161-171 [10.1016/j.ress.2011.10.011]

    Larson, E. K., and N. B. Grimm. 2012. "Small-scale and extensive hydrogeomorphic modification and water redistribution in a desert city and implications for regional nitrogen removal." Urban Ecosystems, 15 (1): 71-85 [10.1007/s11252-011-0208-1]

    Perrings, C., E. K. Larson, and P. J. Maliszewski. 2011. "Valuing the resilience of the electrical power infrastructure." Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE), 2011 IEEE/PES, 1-3 [10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772485]

    Cutts, B. B., T. Muñoz-Erickson, K. J. Darby, et al. M. Neff, E. K. Larson, B. Bolin, and A. Wutich. 2010. "Ego network properties as a way to reveal conflict in collaboration's clothing." Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 4: 93-101 [16/j.sbspro.2010.07.486]

    Muñoz-Erickson, T. A., B. B. Cutts, E. K. Larson, et al. K. J. Darby, M. Neff, A. Wutich, and B. Bolin. 2010. "Spanning Boundaries in an Arizona Watershed Partnership: Information Networks as Tools for Entrenchment or Ties for Collaboration?" Ecology and Society, 15 (3): 22 [Full Text (Link)]

    Marsalek, J., M. Lafont, D. Rousseau, et al. I. Wagner, E. K. Larson, M. G. Braioni, and E. Day. 2008. "Ecosensitive approaches to managing urban aquatic habitats and their integration with urban infrastructure." Aquatic habitats in sustainable urban water management: science, policy and practice, London: 43-70.

    Larson, E. K., N. B. Grimm, P. Gober, and C. Redman. 2005. "The paradoxical ecology and management of water in the Phoenix, USA metropolitan area." Journal of Ecohydology and Hydrobiology, 5 (4): 287-296.

    Brief Bio

    I am an urban ecologist by training, currently working as a support scientist in the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Prior to that, I was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Terrestrial Ecology Program, Earth Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters.

    The majority of my work here at NASA is related to incorporating humans into our understanding of ecological processes. Rather than thinking of humans as external factors that mainly disturb the ecosystem, we recognize that people are internal agents that both drive and respond to changes in the system. Developing this kind of ecological understanding requires an interdisciplinary perspective, including (but not limited to) the fields of urban planning, sociology, economics, anthropology, history, engineering, etc.

    There are 3 main activities I am involved with:


    • I am the Coordinator for the North American Carbon Program (NACP), a multi-agency, multidisciplinary scientific research program focused on carbon sources and sinks in North America and its adjacent oceans.




    Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group

    Social Sciences Coordinating Committee


     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Miller, C. E., P. Griffith, S. Goetz, et al. E. Hoy, N. Pinto, I. McCubbin, A. K. Thorpe, M. A. Hofton, D. J. Hodkinson, C. Hansen, J. Woods, E. K. Larsen, E. S. Kasischke, and H. A. Margolis. 2019. "An overview of ABoVE airborne campaign data acquisitions and science opportunities." Environmental Research Letters 14 (8): 080201 [10.1088/1748-9326/ab0d44]

    Maxwell, K. B., S. H. Julius, A. E. Grambsch, et al. A. R. Kosmal, E. Larson, and N. Sonti. 2018. "Chapter 11 : Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities. Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II." Fourth National Climate Assessment [10.7930/nca4.2018.ch11]

    Romero-Lankao, P., K. R. Gurney, K. C. Seto, et al. M. Chester, R. M. Duren, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, P. Marcotullio, L. Baker, N. B. Grimm, C. Kennedy, E. Larson, S. Pincetl, D. Runfola, L. Sanchez, G. Shrestha, J. Feddema, A. Sarzynski, J. Sperling, and E. Stokes. 2014. "A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas, and carbon." Earth's Future 2 515 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014EF000258]

    Hutyra, L. R., R. Duren, K. R. Gurney, et al. N. Grimm, E. A. Kort, E. Larson, and G. Shrestha. 2014. "Urbanization and the carbon cycle: Current capabilities and research outlook from the natural sciences perspective." Earth's Future 2 473 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1002/2014EF000255]

    Weaver, C. P., S. Mooney, D. Allen, et al. N. Beller-Simms, T. Fish, A. E. Grambsch, W. Hohenstein, K. Jacobs, M. A. Kenney, M. A. Lane, L. Langner, E. Larson, D. L. McGinnis, R. H. Moss, L. G. Nichols, C. Nierenberg, E. A. Seyller, P. C. Stern, and R. Winthrop. 2014. "From global change science to action with social sciences." Nature Climate Change 4 656 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1038/nclimate2319]

    Larson, E. K., S. R. Earl, E. M. Hagen, et al. R. L. Hale, H. E. Hartnett, M. McCrackin, M. McHale, and N. B. Grimm. 2013. "Beyond Restoration and into Design: Hydrologic Alterations in Aridland Cities." Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design: Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities 183-210

    Larson, E. K., and C. Perrings. 2013. "The value of water-related amenities in an arid city: The case of the Phoenix metropolitan area." Landscape and Urban Planning 109 (1): 44-55 [10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.10.008]

    Maliszewski, P., E. K. Larson, and C. Perrings. 2012. "Environmental determinants of unscheduled residential outages in the electrical power distribution of Phoenix, Arizona." Reliability Engineering & System Safety 99 161-171 [10.1016/j.ress.2011.10.011]

    Larson, E. K., and N. B. Grimm. 2012. "Small-scale and extensive hydrogeomorphic modification and water redistribution in a desert city and implications for regional nitrogen removal." Urban Ecosystems 15 (1): 71-85 [10.1007/s11252-011-0208-1]

    Perrings, C., E. K. Larson, and P. J. Maliszewski. 2011. "Valuing the resilience of the electrical power infrastructure." Power Systems Conference and Exposition (PSCE), 2011 IEEE/PES 1-3 [10.1109/PSCE.2011.5772485]

    Cutts, B. B., T. Muñoz-Erickson, K. J. Darby, et al. M. Neff, E. K. Larson, B. Bolin, and A. Wutich. 2010. "Ego network properties as a way to reveal conflict in collaboration's clothing." Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 4 93-101 [16/j.sbspro.2010.07.486]

    Muñoz-Erickson, T. A., B. B. Cutts, E. K. Larson, et al. K. J. Darby, M. Neff, A. Wutich, and B. Bolin. 2010. "Spanning Boundaries in an Arizona Watershed Partnership: Information Networks as Tools for Entrenchment or Ties for Collaboration?" Ecology and Society 15 (3): 22 [Full Text (Link)]

    Marsalek, J., M. Lafont, D. Rousseau, et al. I. Wagner, E. K. Larson, M. G. Braioni, and E. Day. 2008. "Ecosensitive approaches to managing urban aquatic habitats and their integration with urban infrastructure." Aquatic habitats in sustainable urban water management: science, policy and practice 43-70

    Larson, E. K., N. B. Grimm, P. Gober, and C. Redman. 2005. "The paradoxical ecology and management of water in the Phoenix, USA metropolitan area." Journal of Ecohydology and Hydrobiology 5 (4): 287-296

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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