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Kelli Larson

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Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Biography: 

Professor Larson’s research focuses on risk perceptions, public attitudes, and environmental behaviors related to natural resource management and urban sustainability. She has extensive research experience evaluating the social acceptability and sustainability of urban landscapes and water governance systems. Currently, her research focuses on the social-ecological dynamics of residential landscapes and urban environmental infrastructure across different geographic contexts. This includes questions surrounding the causes, consequences, and feedbacks of landscape design and management, with particular interests in outcomes for native vegetation, wildlife, and biological conservation. She is also interested in how urban landscapes and infrastructure can be designed and managed to support multiple ecosystem services while minimizing disservices. Her approach involves synthesizing disparate literatures and using mixed methods in the social and ecological sciences to produce transdisciplinary knowledge that is generalizable as well as place-specific. She has particular expertise in social survey research, but also uses other techniques in her work.

Larson mentors undergraduate to graduate students and has taught several courses at varying levels. Her classes cover topics on human and social dimensions of sustainability, environmental management and planning, as well as research methods and proposal writing. She has recently led programs aimed at undergraduate training through research experiences, in addition to mentoring graduate students and others on how to supervise and mentor their junior peers.

She is active in professional organizations including the Association of American Geographers, the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and most recently, the International Association for Landscape Ecology. Larson has served on the Editorial Boards of the journals, Society and Natural Resources and Landscape and Urban Planning. She is currently an Associate Editor for the latter.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Geography, Oregon State University
  • M.A. Geography, Southern Illinois University
  • B.A. Geography, Southern Illinois University
Research Interests: 

Human-environment interactions; risk perceptions and policy attitudes; landscape preferences and practices; urban ecology and sustainability; environmental geography and governance

Publications: 

Select Publications since 2009

Wheeler, M., K.L. Larson, and R. Andrade.  2020 (in press). Attitudinal and structural drivers of residential yard choices: a comparison of preferred versus actual landscapes. Urban Ecosystems.

Cubino, J.P., M.L. Avolio, M.M. Wheeler, K.L. Larson, et al. (2020). Linking yard plant diversity to homeowners’ landscaping priorities across the US. Landscape and Urban Planning. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.103730

Larson, K.L., E. Corley, S. Hall, A. York, R. Andrade, D. Childers, P. Coseo, D. Hondula, and S. Meerow. 2019. Subjective evaluations of ecosystem services and disservices: an approach to creating robust survey scales. Ecology and Society. 24(2):7. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10888-240207 [IF=3.3]

Andrade, R., K.L. Larson, J. Franklin, and D. Hondula. 2019. Social-spatial analyses of attitudes towards the desert in a Southwestern U.S. city. The Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 109(6): 1845-1864. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1580498

Warren, P.S., S.B. Lerman, R. Andrade, K. Larson, and H. Bateman. 2019. The more things change: Species losses detected in Phoenix despite stability in bird–socioeconomic relationships. Ecosphere. 10(3): 1-22. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2624

Groffman, P.G., M. Avolio, J. Cavender-Bares, N.D. Bettez, J.M. Grove, S. Hall, S. Hobbie, K.L. Larson, S. Lerman, D. Locke, J. Heffernan, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K. Nelson, J. O’Neil-Dunne, D. Pataki, C. Polsky, R.V. Pouyat, R. Roy Chowdhury, M. Steele, and T. Trammell. 2017. Ecological homogenization of residential macrosystems. Nature, Ecology, and Evolution. 1(7): s41559-017. [IF n.a.]

Wheleer, M.M., C. Neill, P.M. Groffman, M. Avolia, N. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, R. Roy Chowdhury, L. Darling, M, Grove, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, S. Hobbie, K.L. Larson et al. 2017. Homogenization of residential lawn plant species composition across seven US urban regions. Landscape and Urban Planning. 165: 54-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.05.004 [IF=3.7]

Larson, K.L., J. Hoffmann, and J. Ripplinger. 2017. Legacy effects and landscape choices in a desert. Landscape and Urban Planning. 165: 22-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.04.014

Sisser, J.M, K.C. Nelson, K.L. Larson, L.A. Ogden, C. Polsky, and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2016. Lawn enforcement: How municipal policies and neighborhood norms influence homeowner residential landscape management. Landscape and Urban Planning. 150: 16–25.

Hester, C. and K.L. Larson. 2016. Time-series analysis of urban water demand in three North Carolina cities. Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management. 142(8): 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000659

Gober, P., R. Quay, and K. Larson. 2016. Outdoor water use as an adaptation problem: Insights from North  American cities. Water Resources Management. 30(3): 899-912. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-015-1205-6.

Larson, K.L., R. Stotts, A. Wutich, A. Brewis, and D. White. 2016. Cross-cultural perceptions of water scarcity threats and solutions across select sites. Society and Natural Resources. 29(9): 1049-1064. DOI:10.1080/08941920.2015.1122132.

Larson, K.L., K. Nelson, S. Samples, S. Hall et all. 2016. Ecosystem services in managing residential landscapes:  Value priorities, dimensions, and cross-regional patterns. Urban Ecosystems 19(1): 95-113. DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0477-1 

Larson, K.L., D.W. White, P. Gober, and A. Wutich. 2015. Decision making under uncertainty for water sustainability and urban climate adaptation. Sustainability 7: 14761-14784. doi:10.3390/su71114761.

Shandas, V., R. Lehman, K. Larson, H. Chang, and J. Bunn. 2015. Stressors and strategies for managing urban water scarcity: Perspectives from the field. Water 7: 6775–6787. doi:10.3390/w7126659.

Larson, K.L. and J. Brumand. 2014. Paradoxes in landscape management and water conservation: Examining neighborhood norms and institutional forces. Cities and the Environment. 7(1): 6.

Polsky, C., M. Grove, C. Knudson, P.M. Groffman, N. Bettez, J. Cavender-Bares, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, S. Hobbie, K. Larson et al. 2014. Assessing the homogenization of urban land management with an application to US residential lawncare. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(12): 4432-4437.

Groffman, P.M., R.V. Pouyat, J. Cavender-Bares, N.C. Bettez, J.M. Grove, S.J. Hall, J. Heffernan, S. Hobbie,  K.L. Larson et al. 2014. Urban homogenization of urban USA. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12(11): 74-81.

Quay, R, K.L. Larson, and D.D. White. 2013. Enhancing water sustainability through university–policy collaborations:  Experiences and lessons from researchers and decision-makers. Water Resources IMPACT 15(2): 17-19.

Gober, P,. K. Larson, R. Quay, C. Polsky, H. Chang, and V. Shandas. 2013. Why land planners and water managers don’t talk to one another and why they should! Society and Natural Resources 26(3): 356-364.

Harris, E.M., C. Polsky, K. Larson, D. Martin, R. Garvoille, L. Ogden, and J. Brumand. 2012. Heterogeneity in residential yard care: Evidence from Boston, Miami, and Phoenix. Human Ecology 40(5): 735-749.

Cook, E., S. Hall, and K.L. Larson. 2012. Residential landscapes in an urban socio-ecological context:  Multi-scalar drivers and legacies of management practices, ecological structure, and ecosystem services. Urban Ecosystems 15(1): 19-52. [IF=n.a.]

Roy Chowdhury, R., K.L. Larson, J.M. Grove, C. Polsky, L. Ogden, J. Onsted, and E. Cook. 2011. A multi-scalar approach to theorizing socio-ecological dynamics of urban residential landscapes. Cities and the Environment 4(1): 6.

Larson, K.L., A. Wutich, D. White, T. Munoz-Erickson, and S. Harlan. 2011. Multifaceted perspectives on water risks and policies: A cultural domains approach in a Southwestern City. Human Ecology Review 18(1): 75-87.

Frisk, E. and K.L. Larson. 2011. Educating for sustainability: principles and practices for transformative action. Journal of Sustainability Education 2: 1-20. http://journalofsustainabilityeducation.org/ojs/index.php/jse/article/vi...

Larson, K.L., E. Cook, C. Strawhacker, and S. Hall. 2010. The influence of diverse values, ecological structure, and geographic context on residents’ multifaceted landscaping decisions. Human Ecology 38(6): 747-761.

Larson, K.L. and D. Lach. 2010. Equity in urban water governance through participatory, place-based approaches. Natural Resources Journal 50(2): 407-430.

Larson, K.L. and R.M. Edsall. 2010. The impact of visual information on perceptions of water resource problems and management alternatives. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53(3): 335-352.

Larson, K.L. 2010. An integrated theoretical approach to understanding the sociocultural basis of multidimensional environmental attitudes. Society and Natural Resources 23(9): 898-907. [IF=1. 6]

Larson, K.L., D. White, P. Gober, S. Harlan and A. Wutich. 2009. Divergent perspectives on water resource sustainability in a public-policy-science context. Environmental Science and Policy 12: 1012-1023.

Larson, K.L. 2009. Social acceptability of water resource management: A conceptual approach and empirical findings. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45(4): 879-893.

Larson, K.L., D. Casagrande, S. Harlan, and S. Yabiku. 2009. Residents’ yard choices and rationales in a desert city: social priorities, ecological impacts, and decision tradeoffs. Environmental Management 44: 921-937.

Larson, K.L., A. Gustafson, and P. Hirt. 2009. Insatiable thirst and a finite supply: Assessing municipal water conservation policy in greater Phoenix, Arizona, 1980-2007. Journal of Policy History  21(2): 107-137.

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 795Continuing Registration
GPH 795Continuing Registration
GCU 795Continuing Registration
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 294Special Topics
PUP 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 692Research
SOS 799Dissertation
PUP 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 194Special Topics
SOS 294Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
SOS 484Internship
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
GPH 692Research
SOS 799Dissertation
GPH 799Dissertation
PUP 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 294Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
GPH 590Reading and Conference
SOS 599Thesis
GCU 690Reading and Conference
GPH 692Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
GCU 799Dissertation
GPH 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 484Internship
HON 484Internship
SOS 484Internship
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 592Research
SOS 599Thesis
GPH 692Research
PUP 692Research
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GCU 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 510Perspectives on Sustainability
GPH 590Reading and Conference
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 599Thesis
GCU 690Reading and Conference
GPH 692Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
PUP 792Research
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 484Internship
SOS 484Internship
PUP 484Internship
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 499Individualized Instruction
GCU 585Geog Resrch Dsgn & Propsal Wtg
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 592Research
SOS 599Thesis
PUP 724Planning Methods
SOS 792Research
GCU 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GCU 492Honors Directed Study
GCU 496Geographic Research Methods
SOS 510Perspectives on Sustainability
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
GPH 792Research
Honors / Awards: 

Mentoring Award, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU, 2017.

Nominated for the Faculty Women’s Association Distinguished Mentor Award,  2017 and 2013.

Editorships: 

Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member, Society and Natural Resources, 2016-present.   

Editorial Board Member, Landscape and Urban Planning, 2015-present.