Katherine J. Hansen

College Office

Professor of Geography


A.A., General studies, San Joaquin Delta Junior College
B.A., Geography-Ecosystems, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Geography, Portland State Univ., OR
Ph.D., Geography, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Research Interests

My research includes the economics of hunting and the conservation of habitats as a result of that economic input. My work, to date, primarily involves the American model of wildlife management, but also includes studies from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Spain, and New Zealand.

I also continue to study changes in mountain environments, primarily caused by human activities. These activities include grazing impacts, fire suppression, forestry, subdivision placement, and recreation. These studies are primarily in the Rocky Mountain region of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Snow science continues to interest me. Research, conducted with other faculty and with students, includes the geography of snow stability and avalanches, over space and time. This research has focused on the local mountain areas where field work is most feasible.

Selected Publications

Lutz, E.R., K.W. Birkeland, K. Kronholm, K. Hansen, R. Aspinall, (in press). Correlating snow micro-structure with snow shear strength. Cold Regions Science and Technology Journal.

Logan, S., K. Birkeland, K. Kronholm, K. Hansen, (in press). Correlating snow micro-structure with snow shear strength. Cold Regions Science and Technology Journal.

Janelle, D., Warf, B., Hansen, K. (2003) World Minds: Solutions to 100 Geographic Problems. Kluwer Press.

Farnes, P., McCaughey, W. and Hansen, K. 2003. Role of fire in determining annual water yields in mountain watersheds. In: Wallace, L. (ed.), An Ecosystem of Change: Ten Years After the Yellowstone Fire.

Allen, K. and Hansen, K. 1999. Geography of Exotic Plants Adjacent to Campgrounds, Yellowstone National Park. Great Basin Naturalist, 59 (4): 315: 322.

Olson-Rutz, K.M., Marlow, C.B., Hansen, K., Gagnon, L.C., and Rossi, R.J. 1996; Recovery of a high elevation plant community after packhorse grazing, Journal of Range Management, 49 (6): 541-545.

Hansen, K., Wyckoff, W., Banfield, J. 1995. Shifting Forests: Historical Grazing and Forest Invasion in Southwestern Montana, Forest and Conservation history, 39 (2): 66-76.

Hansen, K.J., 1986. Influence of Increasing Elevation on Growth Characteristics at Timberline, Canadian Journal of Botany, 64:2517-2523.

Hansen, K. J., and Price, L.W. 1985. Turf-banked terraces in the Olympic mountains, Washington. Arctic and Alpine Environments. 17 (3): 261-270.