Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Barbara Knuth is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Associate Director of Cornell’s Center for Conservation Social Sciences. She led Cornell’s Graduate School as Dean for over ten years, served as Vice Provost/Senior Vice Provost for eight years, was Senior Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for three years, and chaired the Department of Natural Resources for five years. After earning her PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech she was the first woman hired into a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Natural Resources. She holds three degrees from Miami University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
She has authored/co-authored over 110 articles, 25 book chapters, 4 National Academies consensus study reports, and edited 1 book. Her current research examines communication regarding fish consumption health benefits and risks in fisheries affected by chemical contaminants; ecosystem-based management approaches for Great Lakes and marine systems; and factors influencing human stewardship and use of fishery resources. Her scholarly work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Sea Grant, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Education, N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Sloan Foundation, and Teagle Foundation, among others.
Committed to service, Barbara has served as chair or member of numerous committees and boards serving higher education or fisheries conservation. Among these are Ecologists Without Borders, PhD Education Initiative of the Association of American Universities, Research Committee and Board for the GRE program of the Educational Testing Service, Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies, Great Lakes Science Board of the International Joint Commission, and Board of Technical Experts of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Barbara served as President and was named a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society.
- Ph.D. 1986 in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech
- M.En. 1982 in Environmental Science, Miami University
- B. Phil. 1980 in Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University
- A.B. 1980 in Zoology, Miami University
Barbara oversees a research program focusing on the social science and policy dimensions of ecosystem-based management in Great Lakes and marine systems, risk communication and management associated with chemical contaminants in fish, and environmental stewardship related to fisheries resources. Through theory-development and empirical studies, her research program advances understanding and practice related to conservation social sciences and aims to foster integration of social science and natural/physical science information within natural resource management and policy decision making processes. She is also involved with research projects on advancing equity and inclusion in graduate education.
Fisheries-related outreach activities focus primarily on advising state, national, tribal, and international environmental and natural resource management agencies and scientific organizations on issues related to health benefits and risks of fish consumption, ecosystem-based management, and planning and decision-making processes. Higher education outreach focuses on improving graduate education, particularly in the areas of doctoral student professional development, mental health, equity and inclusion, and faculty mentoring.
- Knuth, B.A. 2019. Politically-relevant fisheries science: Reflections on the work of Henry Regier, or, lessons from the sassy scientist. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management. 22:3, 258-262. DOI: 10.1080/14634988.2019.1652533
- Connelly, N.A., Lauber, T.B., McCann, P.J., Niederdeppe, J., and Knuth, B.A. 2019. Estimated exposure to mercury from fish consumption among women anglers of childbearing age in the Great Lakes region. Environmental Research. 171:11-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.01.005
- Niederdeppe, J., Connelly, N.A., Lauber, T.B., and Knuth, B.A. 2019. Effects of a personal narrative in messages designed to promote healthy fish consumption among women of childbearing age. Health Communication. 34(8): 825-837. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1437526
- Connelly, N.A., Lauber, T.B., Niederdeppe, J., and Knuth, B.A. 2018. Using a web-based diary method to estimate risks and benefits from fish consumption. Risk Analysis. Risk Analysis. 38(6):1116-1127. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12925
- Lauber, T.B., Connelly, N.A., Niederdeppe, J., and Knuth, B.A. 2018. Effects of an advisory brochure on fish consumption of urban anglers in the Great Lakes region. Risk Analysis. 38(7):1405-1421. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12953
- Triezenberg, H.A. and B.A. Knuth. 2018. Predicting positive outcomes for waterfowl hunters and waterfront residents. Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Monographs. 82(6):1311-1319. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21471
- Biedron, I., and B.A. Knuth. 2016. Toward shared understandings of ecosystem-based fisheries management among fishery management councils and stakeholders in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Marine Policy. 70:40-48.
- Knuth, B.A., T.L., Brown, and K.M. Hunt. 2013. Measuring the human dimensions of recreational fisheries. Chapter 21 in A. Zale, D. Parrish, and T. Sutton, eds. Fisheries Techniques, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
- Lepak, J., H. Shayler, C. Kraft, and B. Knuth. 2009. Mercury contamination in sport fish in the Northeastern United States: Considerations for future data collection. BioScience. 59: 174-181.
- Knuth, B.A. and W.F. Siemer, editors. 2007. Aquatic Stewardship Education in Theory and Practice. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 55, Bethesda, Maryland.
- Zanetell, B.A. and B.A. Knuth. 2004. Participation rhetoric or community-based management reality? Influences on willingness to participate. World Development. 32(5): 793-807.
- Hites, R.A., J.A. Foran, D.O. Carpenter, M.C. Hamilton, B.A. Knuth, and S.J. Schwager. 2004. Global assessment of organic contaminants in farmed salmon. Science. 303: 226-229.
- Connelly, N.A., and B.A. Knuth. 2002. Using the coorientation model to compare community leaders' and residents' views about Hudson River ecosystem restoration. Society and Natural Resources. 15(10): 933-948.
Awards & Honors
- Dean-in-Residence, Council of Graduate Schools, 2020-2021.
- Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education, Council of Graduate Schools, 2019.
- Fellow, American Fisheries Society, 2015.
- Gerald H. Cross Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award, Virginia Tech Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, 2007.
- Dwight A. Webster Memorial Award of Merit, Northeastern Division of the American Fisheries Society, 2006.
- Faculty Program Member of the Year, Cornell University Community Development Office, 2004.
- United States Department of Agriculture Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award, Northeast Region, 2002.
- Distinguished Service Award, American Fisheries Society, 1999.
- Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1999.
- Distinguished Teaching Award, Cornell Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, 1999.
- Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Recognition Award, Cornell Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, 1999.
- Kellogg Fellow in Food and Agricultural Policy, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, Resources for the Future, 1987.
Ithaca, NY 14853
barbara.knuth [at] cornell.edu
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