Marianne E. Krasny is Professor and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Her work connects environmental education and social-ecological systems theory in urban and other settings in the US and internationally.
Dr. Krasny has a long history of conducting science and environmental education outreach in partnership with community-based organizations. She works to enhance environmental learning through engagement in civic ecology practices, including community gardening, community forestry, watershed and habitat restoration, and other forms of urban stewardship. As Principal Investigator for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Training Program, Dr. Krasny seeks to foster innovation in environmental education and stewardship through creating multiple platforms that link diverse practitioners and researchers.
Professor Krasny’s research investigates how environmental education programs situated in civic ecology practices foster resilience in social-ecological systems. In particular, she and members of the Civic Ecology Lab investigate attributes of resilient social-ecological systems, including social learning, social capital, sense of place, participatory monitoring, and provision of ecosystem services through citizen-driven stewardship initiatives.
Dr. Krasny actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students interested in connecting outreach and research, particularly in cities. She holds bachelors degrees in Human Development and Botany, and MS and PhD degrees in Forest Ecology.
Department of Natural Resources
Ithaca, NY 14853