Dr. Kevin Krasnow is an ecologist who's passionate about understanding how to live sustainably with the natural world. His research focuses on understanding how and why ecosystems change and identifying opportunities for increasing ecosystem resilience.
“My work is inspired to better understand forest ecosystems and answer pressing questions about how we should protect, use, and manage our forests,” Dr. Krasnow has written. “During the past century, many American western forests have seen dramatic changes in disturbance regimes, species composition, and hydrologic and nutrient cycles due to fire suppression, air pollution, land use change, and climate change. These stressors have resulted in unprecedented conditions that may require new adaptive approaches to management focused on building ecosystem resilience.”
Why Work with Students and Volunteers?
As an educator, Dr. Krasnow seeks to involve his students in ecological inquiry and help them build a sense of place. He got his foundation as an instructor for Outward Bound in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, then continued his journey as an educator in the urban landscape of San Francisco where, as the science department chair of a public charter high school, he developed an inquiry-based science curriculum.