Rebecca Romsdahl joined ESSP in 2006. She teaches classes on environmental policy and communication. Her research examines issues at the interface between environmental science and public policy. Some of her recent research topics include: state and local government adaptation planning for climate change impacts in the Northern Great Plains, challenges in collaboration between government agencies and stakeholders in public land management, and public participation in environmental policy-making.
Before coming to UND, Professor Romsdahl worked in a variety of science-policy offices in Washington D.C. In 2005, she was awarded an AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellowship to work with the US EPA's Global Change Research Program and the US Climate Change Science Program (CCSP). She has also worked with the US National Academies of Science, as a graduate research fellow for the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change and as a liaison between the Committee and the CCSP. Professor Romsdahl has also worked seasonally with the US Forest Service headquarters, as a researcher, and with the US National Park Service, as an Interpretive Ranger, at Isle Royale and Shenandoah National Parks.
Professor Romsdahl is a native of Minnesota, where she received her BA in Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. She completed her MS in Resource Development at Michigan State University and received her PhD in Environmental Science & Public Policy from George Mason University.