Ph.D. 2015 Ecology, Colorado State University
M.S. 2010 Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. 2004 Sociology, DePaul University
B.A. 2000 Sociology, DePaul University
Assistant Professor, Portland State University (2017- present)
Environmental Science and Management, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and University Studies
National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, EPSCoR, iUTAH, innovative
Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability, June 2015- July 2017
Research focus area: People, Places, Pipes - Social and Engineering scientists assess water use behaviors and decisions, and how these influence the urban environment
Consultant, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Applied Sciences
Program, DEVELOP National Program, Fort Collins, Colorado, January – June 2015
Arizona Ecological Forecasting II Comparing WorldView-2 with Landsat 8 Imagery: Refining and Evaluating Invasive Tamarisk Mapping in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge http://earthzine.org/2015/04/04/fc-arizona-eco-forecasting-ii/
Vulnerability to drought in La Paz, Mexico, June 2015, Kathleen Galvin (advisor)
* student, **community partner
Refereed Publications or Other Creative Achievements
Romero-Lankao, P, H Qin, S Hughes, M Borbor-Cordova and M Haeffner (2012) “Urban vulnerability and adaptation to the health impacts of air pollution and climate extremes in Latin America” in Urban Areas and Global Climate Change William G. Holt, editor Research in Urban Studies, Vol 12. Emerald Group Publishing.
Haeffner, M, J Baggio and K Galvin (2018). “A Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
investigating environmental migration and other rural drought adaptation strategies in Baja
California Sur, Mexico.” Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-018-1281-2 Impact factor: 2.15
Barnett, M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner (2018). “Influence of recreational activity on water quality perceptions and concerns in Utah: A replicated analysis.” Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 22:26-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2017.12.003 CiteScore: 1.27
Haeffner, M, D Jackson-Smith, and C Flint (2018). “Social position influencing the water perception gap between local leaders and constituents in a socio-hydrological system” Special Section: Socio-hydrology: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Coupled Human-Water Systems, Water Resources Research, 54. doi:10.1002/2017WR021456 Impact factor: 4.397
Haeffner, M, D Jackson-Smith, M Buchert, and J Risley* (2017). “Accessing blue spaces: Social and geographic factors structuring familiarity with, use of, and appreciation of urban waterways.” Landscape and Urban Planning 167:136-146. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.06.008 Impact Factor: 4.563
Haeffner, M, K Galvin and A Váquez (2016) “Urban water development in La Paz, Mexico 1960- present: a hydrosocial perspective.” 9, 2:169-187 Water History doi:10.1007/s12685-016-0180-z 2015 RG Journal impact: 0.59
Romero-Lankao, P, S. Hughes, A Rosas-Huerta, R Borquéz, M Haeffner (2012) “Beyond Adaptive Capacity Checklists: Examining the Construction of Capacity in Mexico City and Santiago.” UGEC (Urban and Global Environmental Change) Viewpoints (8) 11/2012. www.ugec.org
Haeffner, M, D Leone, L Coons, and T Chermack (2012) “The effects of scenario planning on participant perceptions of learning organization characteristics.” Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(4), 519-542. 2014 RG Journal impact: 1.57
Haeffner, M and F Casalegno (2009) “How does a visual monitoring system foster sustainable behavior?” International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Vol 6. No. 10.
Haeffner, M (2013) “Lave, Rebecca 2012 Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Science reviewed by Melissa Haeffner” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space http://societyandspace.com/reviews/reviews-archive/lave-rebecca-2012-fields-and-streams- reviewed-by-melissa-haeffner/
Haeffner, M (2011) “Book review: Disappearing destinations: Climate change and future challenges for coastal tourism. CABI Publishing.” Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol 77. No. 4
Non-Refereed Publications or Other Creative Achievements
Haeffner, M, FRINQ students,* and Environment Oregon** http://www.oregonwaterstories.com
Haeffner, M and J Nadeau “Extreme latitudes: Science at the Earth’s Poles” (forthcoming, 2019)
ebook 978-1-938463-33-1 https://extremelatitude.wordpress.com/
Haeffner, M “Bottom of the planet, top of their fields: Antarctica 2016.” Perspectives, photo essay.
Haeffner, M (2010) Water Walkers: portraits of Ghana’s street vendors, ISBN-10:1427645760.
Finley-Brook, M, M Haeffner, C Heslop-Thomas, E Montana, L Sprain (2010) “Climate change and globalization in the Americas: case studies of mitigation and adaptation” White Paper, Pan-American Studies Institute, (PASI) Panama City, Panama. (Authors listed alphabetically.)
Presentations at Professional Meetings
Haeffner, M Discussant and Co-organizer “An interdisciplinary look at Utah's water and
environment.” Sponsored by the Water Resources Specialty Group. American Association of Geographers (AAG). April 5-7 2017.
Haeffner, M Organizer, plenary session “Science in Society: University-city collaborations
and data-driven decision making.” Utah State University Spring Runoff Conference.
Logan, Utah. March 28-29, 2017.
PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS OR OTHER VENUES
Haeffner, M, D Jackson-Smith “Using water use data to optimize household survey perception findings” American Association of Geographers (AAG). New Orleans, LA April 10-14, 2018.
Haeffner, M, D Jackson-Smith "Working with public utilities to promote data-driven water sustainability in the Wasatch Front, Utah" Association of Environmental Studies and Science (AESS). Tucson, Arizona June 21-25, 2017.
Haeffner, M, C Flint, K Dean* “Comparing scientist and research partner satisfaction in transdisciplinary research” International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) Chair and presenter. Umea, Sweden June 19-22, 2017.
Dean K,* M Haeffner, C Flint “The impact of socio-hydrology research on water management decisions in Utah, USA.” International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). Umea, Sweden June 19-22, 2017.
Haeffner, M, C Flint, and D Jackson-Smith “Municipal leader perceptions of urban water supply and demand in Utah,” International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). Houghton, Michigan June 22-26, 2016.
Barnett, M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner "Water-based recreation and environmental concern among Utahns," International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources (ISSRM). Houghton, Michigan. June 25, 2016.
Haeffner, M, M Buchert, D Jackson-Smith, and J Risley.* “Differential access to environmental amenities and disamenities” Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS). Washington, D.C. June 9-11, 2016.
Haeffner, M Critical Sustainability Panel, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS). Washington, D.C. June 9-11, 2016.
Barnett M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner "Water-based Recreation and Water Quality Perception and Concern among Utahns," USU Spring Runoff Conference. Logan, Utah. April 5, 2016.
Barnett M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner "The Impact of Water Recreation on Perceptions and Concerns about Water Quality," iUTAH iFellow Symposium. Salt Lake City, Utah. July 29, 2015.
Haeffner, M “Urban water infrastructure development in La Paz, Mexico 1970-2010” at the Society for American City and Regional Planning, Toronto, Canada, October 2013.
Qin, H, P Romero-Lankao, M Haeffner “Displacement or adaptation? Climate change and migration in Mexico.” Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century. Oslo, Norway June 6-7, 2011.
Finley-Brook, M, M Haeffner, C Heslop-Thomas, E. Montaña, and L Sprain “Climate change and globalization in the Americas: Case studies of mitigation and adaptation.” Western States Communication Association, Monterey Bay, CA, February 2011.
Haeffner, M “Water Walkers: on being young, female and selling water on the streets of Ghana” at Contesting the Streets: Vending, Open-Air Markets and Public Space, University of California, Los Angeles, May 14-15, 2010.
Haeffner, M “Water Walkers: portraits of Ghana’s street vendors, photo and audio exhibit at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rotch Library, April 1-30, 2010.
Haeffner, M “Using ethnography to enhance quantitative research: a case study in global civil society” presentation at the 7th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, Chicago, IL February 26, 2005.
Honors, Grants, and Fellowships
Corporation for National and Community Service, Community Conversations grant, $100,000 over
2 years, April 2018, submitted with Sahan Dissanayake, Catherine deRivera, Martin Lafrenz
Oregon SEA Grant Program Development $10,000 March 2018, submitted
Institute for Sustainable Solutions $7,000 March 2018 submitted with Alida Cantor, Idowu Ajibade
Faculty Enhancement Grant, $14,965 February 2018 submitted
Rachel Carson Center, Writing Workshop Fellowship recipient, 20,000 Euro, March 2017
Dattner Grant recipient, Homeward Bound, December 2016
Instrumentl [sic] Research Grant, Arctic-Antarctic Challenge, December, 2015
Society for American City and Regional Planning Student Travel Award, July 2013
Emerson Travel Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, December 2009
Council of Arts, Director’s Grant Recipient, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October
Center for International Studies Program for Human Rights and Justice Travel Grant,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2009
Other Research and Other Creative Achievements
POSTER PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS
Haeffner, M., Rosa, J **, Dissanyake, S, de Rivera, C, and Lafrenz, M “Identifying adaptation pathways for socially and environmentally sustainable solutions to address marsh disturbance and aging tide gates in Tillamook County, Oregon USA, Portland, Oregon May 10, 2018.
Haeffner, M, Buchert, M., Jackson-Smith, D, and Risley, J* “Differential access to
environmental amenities and disamenities,” GIS & Technology, American
Association of Geographers (AAG). San Francisco, California March 30, 2016.
Barnett, M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner "Does water-based outdoor recreation have an impact on the environmental perceptions and concerns of Utahns?" Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. Salt Lake City, Utah. February 19, 2016.
Barnett, M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner "Links between water-based recreation and environmental concern among Utahns," Research on Capitol Hill. Salt Lake City, Utah. January 26, 2016.
Haeffner, M “Global network of long-term observatories on mountain social ecological systems,” Gothic, Colorado, September 13-15, 2015.
Barnett, M,* D Jackson-Smith, and M Haeffner "The impact of water recreation on perceptions and concerns about water quality," iUTAH Symposium. Midway, Utah. July 17, 2015.
Haeffner, M, C Flint, D Jackson-Smith (2017). Community Key Informant, HydroShare,
published resource is pending activation.
Other Teaching, Mentoring and Curricular Achievements
Environmental Justice Portland State University (Winter 2019)
Human/Nature Portland State University (current)
Research Approaches Utah State University
Cultural Change Colorado State University
Introduction to Sociology DePaul University
Social Problems DePaul University
Gender and Society DePaul University
Global Cities DePaul University
Green Chicago DePaul University
Environmental Sociology DePaul University
STUDENT MENTORING & ADVISING
Supervisor for Independent Study: Environmental Justice, Liliana Caughman, PhD student, Spring
BUILD Exito Career Mentor for Phuc Nguyen, sophomore standing, February 2018-present
Co-supervisor for Honors Research Internship Amy Valine (with Dr. Jay Nadeau), junior
standing, January 2018 – March 2018
Supervisor for Independent Study: Oregon’s Water Stories, Tyler Broman, freshman standing
January 2018- present
Supervisor for Peer Mentor Tatyana Stangell, Human/Nature Freshman Inquiry course,
senior standing, September 2017- present
Co-supervisor for Tanner Ellison, Water Use Data Manager, alum, April 2016- June 2017
Supervisor for Science Communications Assistant, Logan Christian, undergraduate
student, January 2017-May 2017
Co-supervisor for NSF Research Activities Milestone Assessment, interview research
design and method, Kent Dean, graduate student, October 2016- June 2017
NVIVO Qualitative software trainer, Utah State University, July 2016 Matthew Barnett, undergraduate student Ennea Fairchild, graduate student
iUTAH mentor for undergraduate iFellows, May – August 2015
Viviane Baji, Utah State University, incl. Honors thesis mentor in Sociology Matthew Barnett, Utah State University, incl. Honors thesis mentor in Sociology Jordan Risley, Utah State University, Matthew Johnson, Weber State University
Trainer for door-to-door survey data collection, ethics and social science methods for undergraduate students: Vinnie Enrique Caicero, Chris Estrada, Joel Coronado Gaxiola, Irene López, Carlos Mancilla, Laura Morales, Carlos Nava, Arry Gonzalez Peralta, Nancy Rubio y Jesenia Torres, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, July – August 2013
Trainer for interviewing, ethics, and social science methods with Pure Home H2O local employees (led by Susan Murcott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tamale and Accra, Ghana, July 2009
Mentor and advisor for undergraduate students Annie Colombo, Bianca Lewallan, Nikhil Singh, Tracy Rausch and Robyn Kilman, DePaul University, Department of Sociology, 2005-2008.
Other Community Outreach Achievements
PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
October 2017-present Affiliate, i-NATURE indigenous ecological education, Heritage University https://www.heritage-inature.org/
September 2017- present Assistant editor, Encyclopaedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want (Gender Equity) https://meteor.springer.com/sdg5
December 2-21, 2016 Antarctica, Homeward Bound, Women in Science Expedition
May 18-20, 2015 United States, National Weather Service Living with Extreme Weather (LWEW) Norman, OK
July 2013, July 2014 United States, National Science Foundation Studies of Precipitation, Flooding, and Rainfall Extremes Across Disciplines (SPREAD) Fort Collins, CO
June 2010 Panama, National Science Foundation Climate Change and Hazards Education and Knowledge Environments, (C2HEKE) PASI Pan-American Studies Institute: “Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas” Panama City, Panama
July 2009 Ghana, Pure Home H20, Social scientist, Tamale
July 2009 Ghana, United States Representative for Africa Change International, Accra
August 2008 Canada, Educator Delegate at 4th Meeting of the World Youth
Congress of the International Secretariat for Water (ISW), Quebec City, Quebec
Fall 2007 United States, Faculty Delegate to the United Nations 60th
Annual NGO/DPI Conference on Climate Change, New York
City, New York
July 2003 Siberia/US Tahoe-Baikal Institute (TBI), Summer Environmental Exchange Fellow South Lake Tahoe, California and Serviobaikalsk, Russia
Scholarly Works in Progress
Significant Professional Development Activities
Faculty-in-Residence for STEM, Office of Academic Innovation, April 2018- present
Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship (CES) Collaborative Fellow, January 2018-present
Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) Fellow, November 2018-present
Governance and Other Professionally Related Service
Governance Activities for the University, College, Department
Promotion & Tenure Committee September 2017- present
Graduate Program Committee September 2017- present
Community Resilience Cluster September 2017- present
Environmental Extreme Cluster September 2017- present
Migration Cluster September 2017- present
Social Justice Cluster September 2017- present
Board Member, Pacific Biodiversity Institute, February 2018-present
Selection Committee Antarctica expedition, Homeward Bound
Women in Science, December 2016- present https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/
Memberships in Professional Societies
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA)
STAKEHOLDER and OTHER PRESENTATIONS
Antarctica & Science, Legacy House Retirement Home, Logan UT, July 17, 2017
Antarctica & Science, Goucher College, Chesapeake Bay Study Abroad, June 28, 2017
Women and white space: Reflecting on Antarctic ‘wilderness’ and joining the ‘Transdisciplinary
Dots’ Ecolunch graduate seminar, Utah State University, Logan UT April 28, 2017
Antarctica & Science, Edith Bowen Public School, 3rd grade, Logan, UT April 12, 2017
Antarctica & Science: Images from an all-women expedition, Anthropology Lecture Series, Utah
State University, Logan, UT March 24, 2017
Antarctica & Science, Douglas Public School, 3rd & 5th grades, Belleville, IL March 7, 2017
Antarctica & Science, O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, IL March 7, 2017
Antarctica & Science, St. Clare Catholic School, 6th grade, O’Fallon, IL March 6, 2017
Shifting ice, breaking through: Twenty days in Antarctica with top women scientists, Gender
Research Interdisciplinary Network, Utah State University, February 15, 2017
Images of Antarctica: Photos from a recent Antarctica trip Environment & Society graduate
seminar, Utah State University, Logan, UT February 13, 2017
Water Use Stakeholder Preliminary Findings Meeting, webinar, February 24, 2017
Virtual Fieldtrip: Antarctica & Science, Cuba City High School, WI February 1, 2017
Water Use Stakeholder Data Processing Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT July 29, 2016
Water Use Stakeholder Initial Meeting, Kaysville, UT May 5, 2016
City Council meeting, West Valley City, UT “Utah’s Water Future” February 2, 2016
City Council meeting, West Jordan, UT “Utah’s Water Future” January 12, 2016
City Council meeting, North Logan, UT “Utah’s Water Future” October 24, 2015
Rural community, San Javier, Mexico, reporting results of household survey, March 16, 2015
Manuscript reviewer for professional journals: Urban Climate, International Journal of Sustainable Society (IJSSOC), Society & Natural Resources, Climate and Development, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA)