Curriculum Vitae


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


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. 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.

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 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**

Haeffner, M and J Nadeau “Extreme latitudes: Science at the Earth’s Poles” (forthcoming, 2019)

ISBN 978-1-938463-33-4

ebook 978-1-938463-33-1

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.


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


Haeffner, M., Rosa, J **, Dissanyake, S, de Rivera, C, and Lafrenz, MIdentifying 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, DOI for this

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


Supervisor for Independent Study: Environmental Justice, Liliana Caughman, PhD student, Spring

quarter 2018

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


October 2017-present Affiliate, i-NATURE indigenous ecological education, Heritage University

September 2017- present Assistant editor, Encyclopaedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want (Gender Equity)

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

Professionally-related Service

Board Member, Pacific Biodiversity Institute, February 2018-present

Selection Committee Antarctica expedition, Homeward Bound

Women in Science, December 2016- present

Memberships in Professional Societies

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA)


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)