Erik Nordman, Ph.D.
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:
BIO 105 Environmental Science
NRM 250 Resource Measurement and Maps
NRM 350 Air Photo and Remote Sensing of the Environment
NRM 395 GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management
NRM 462 Forest Ecosystem Management
NRM 480 Geospatial Analysis of Natural Resources
NRM 495 Trends in Natural Resource Management (capstone)
Research interests:Dr. Nordman's teaching and research interests include natural resource policy, economics, and spatial analysis. He has applied his expertise on projects related to renewable energy, open space preservation, and ecosystem services. A native New Yorker, Dr. Nordman earned a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He lives in Spring Lake with his wife, daughter, and son.
Dr. Nordman is currently the principal investigator for the West Michigan Wind Assessment. The West Michigan Wind Assessment is analyzing the benefits and challenges of wind energy development in coastal West Michigan. The project helps local communities make informed, locally appropriate decisions about wind energy development both onshore and offshore. The assessment includes regional trends driving wind energy development; the benefits and challenges from economic, social, and environmental perspectives; and a public engagement process called a Delphi Inquiry. By combining the latest science with public participation, the West Michigan Wind Assessment is helping Michigan achieve its renewable energy target in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner. The project web site is www.gvsu.edu/wind.
Nordman, E., J. VanderMolen, B. Gajewski, and A. Fergsuon. (In press). 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. Forthcoming.
Nordman, E. and J. Wagner. 2012. Public purchases and private preferences: Challenges for analyzing public open space acquisitions. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening (11(2). Forthcoming.
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., Castello, L., Choi, J., Greenfield, E., Kim, S., Munsell, J., Nordman, E., Franco, C., Olowabi, F. 2010. The science of ecological economics: A content analysis of Ecological Economics, 1989-2004. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1185 Ecological Economics Reviews: 1-10.
Kuehn, D., Schuster, R., Mink, M., Nordman, E. 2009. Beliefs and attitudes towards boating 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.
Nordman, E., J. VanderMolen, B. Gajewski, and A. Fergsuon. 2011. Citizen views on offshore wind energy: benefits, challenges, and information gaps. West Michigan Wind Assessment Issue Brief 4. Available at www.gvsu.edu/wind.
Nordman, E. 2011. Offshore wind energy: public perceptions and policy dimensions. West Michigan Wind Assessment Issue Brief 3. Available at www.gvsu.edu/wind.
Nordman, E. 2010. Wind power and human health: Flicker, noise and air quality. West Michigan Wind Assessment Issue Brief 2. Available at www.gvsu.edu/wind.
Nordman, E. 2010. Wind energy deployment: Global lessons for West Michigan. West Michigan Wind Assessment Issue Brief 1. Available at http://www.gvsu.edu/wind.
Benjamin*, E., J. Gallagher*, A. Ferguson*, E. Nordman. 2010. Book review: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. The Michigan Forester 70 (June 2010): 5.
Nordman, E. 2009. Regional response to a statewide energy standard: Status and trends of wind energy development in West Michigan. Available at http://www.gvsu.edu/wind.
Nordman, E., and J. Wagner. Public purchases and private preferences: A hedonic model of open space acquisitions. Working paper, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. 27 p. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/erik_nordman/1/.
Nordman, E. 2009. GIS: An integrating tool for assessing wind turbine potential. Poster presentation, 2009 Michigan Agri-Energy Conference. 30-31 March 2009, Kalamazoo, MI.
Nordman, E. 2008. GIS: An integrating tool for wind turbine siting. Presentation at GIS Day, 19 November 2008, GVSU.
PI: A. Boezaart (GVSU). 2011. “Lake Michigan Wind Assessment Study.” US Dept. of Energy, Michigan Public Service Commission, We Energies of Wisconsin, and Sierra Club: $2.7 million. Co-investigators: D. Assanis (U Michigan), J. Edmunson, J. Gehring (MI Nat. Features Inventory), B. Klatt (MI Nat. Features Inventory), G. Meadows (U Michigan), E. Nordman (GVSU), B. Vanzieleghem (U Michigan).
PI: E. Nordman. 2011. “Offshore wind energy outreach and education.” Michigan Energy Office: $37, 230, MSU Coastal Community Development Grant: $4,900. Co-investigators: K. Walton (GVSU), J. VanderMolen (GVSU), V. Pebbles (Great Lakes Commission), J. Hummer (Great Lakes Commission), D. O’Keefe (Michigan Sea Grant).
Scientific and Professional Societies:
American Wind Energy Association
Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
Society of American Foresters
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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