Erik Nordman

Erik Nordman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Natural Resources Management Program Faculty

Teaching and research areas:

Renewable energy

Natural resource economics and policy

Geographic information systems (GIS)

Office: 223 Henry
Phone: (616) 331-8705


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. - State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, 2006
Dissertation Title:  A Public Hedonic Analysis of Environmental Attributes in an Open Space Preservation Program

M.S. - State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, 1998

Thesis Title:  Evaluation of Willow and Poplar Biomass Production Clones for Resistance to Multiple Insect Pests
B.S. - State University of New York, College at Geneseo, 1995

Courses taught at GVSU:

ECO345 Environmental and Resource Economics

NRM 451 Natural Resource Policy

NRM 495 Trends in Natural Resource Management (capstone)

NRM 395 GIS Applications in Resource Management

Project Pages

West Michigan Wind Assessment (2009-2013)

Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Assessment ("The Buoy") (2011-2013)

Offshore Wind Energy Outreach Project (2011)

Recent Publications

Some of these publications and many others can be accessed through SelectedWorks

Nordman, E., J. VanderMolen, B. Gajewski, P. Isely, Y. Fan, J. Koches, K. Thompson, S. Damm, R. Gajewski, A. Ferguson, and C. Schoolmaster. (In press). Locating wind energy facilities in Michigan's coastal counties: Final report of the West Michigan Wind Assessment. Michigan Sea Grant Technical Report. Project website:

Nordman, E. 2013. Energy transitions in Kenya's tea sector: A wind energy assessment. Proceedings of the International Sustainable Development Research Society's 19th Annual Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Nordman, E., J. VanderMolen, B. Gajewski, and A. Ferguson. 2013. Great Lakes, great debates: Facilitating public engagement on offshore wind energy using the Delphi Inquiry approach. In, Richardson, Robert B. (ed.), Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Nordman, E. and J. Wagner. 2012: Public purchases and private preferences: Challenges for analyzing public open space acquisitions. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 11: 179-186.

Nordman E. and J. Wagner. 2010. Incorporating acquisition costs in forestland open space programs: Lessons from conservation biology and applications. Journal of Forestry 108(6): 282-287.

Luzadis, V., L. Castello, J. Choi, C. Franco, E. Greenfield, S. Kim, J. Munsell, E. Nordman, and F. Olowabi. 2010. The science of ecological economics: A content analysis of Ecological Economics, 1989-2004. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1185: 1-10.

Kuehn, D., R. Schuster, M. Mink, and E. Nordman. 2009. Beliefs and attitudes of four stakeholder groups in the Saranac Lakes area of New York's Adirondack Park. Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies 15(2): 25-35.

Nordman, E., D. Robison, L. Abrahamson, and T. Volk. 2005. Relative resistance of willow and poplar biomass production clones across a continuum of herbivorous insect specialization: Univariate and multivariate approaches. Forest Ecology and Management 217: 307-318.


Fulbright Scholar, 2012-2013, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Partnership Award, 2011

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