Daniel Kramer Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Daniel Kramer

Telephone: 517-432-2199


1A Natural Resources

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Area of Expertise: Integration of ecological; sociological; policy; economic analyses to study the conservation of biodiversity

Dr. Kramer's Website


Ph.D., Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
M.A., Environmental Policy and International Development, University of Minnesota
B.A., Philosophy, Colorado State University 
B.S., Biology, Colorado State University


I am jointly appointed at Michigan State University between James Madison College, a liberal arts, public policy, residential college for undergraduate students and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Research Interests

The conservation of biodiversity
Land and water interactions
Global change science, particularly the effects of globalization on remote communities in ecologically rich regions of the world

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Jordan, Christopher A.; Gerald R. Urquhart; and Daniel B. Kramer. 2013. On using mental model interviews to improve camera trapping: Adapting research to Costeno environmental knowledge. Conservation and Society 11(2): 159-175doi: 10.4103/0972-4923.115725. 

Yang, Wu; Thomas Dietz; Daniel Boyd Kramer, Xiaodong Chen, and Jiaguo Liu. 2013. Going beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: An index system of human well-being. PLoS One. 8(5): 1-7. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064582

Kramer, Daniel Boyd; Tao Zhang; Kendra Spence Cheruvelil; Arika Ligmann-Zielinska; Patricia Sorrano. 2013. A multi-objective, return on investment analysis for freshwater conservation planning. Ecosystems 16: 823-837. doi: 10.1007/s10021-013-9654-3

Zhang, Tao; Patricia A. Soranno; Kendra Spence Cheruvelil; Daniel Boyd Kramer; Arika Ligmann-Zielinska; and Mary T. Bremigan. 2011. Evaluating the effect of upstream lakes and wetlands on lake phosphorus concentrations using a spatially-explicit model. Landscape Ecology, 27(7): 1015-1030. doi: 10.1007/s10980-012-9762-z

Stevens, Kara; Lindsay Campbell; Daniel Boyd Kramer; Gerald Urquhart; Jiaguo Qi. 2011. Examining the complexities of forest cover change during armed conflict on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. Biodiversity and Conservation20: 2597-2613. doi: 10.1007/s10531-011-0093-1

Kramer, Daniel Boyd; Michael Schechter. 2011. Shock and awe: Rapid fire theory and triage statistics in an applied freshmen research seminar. Journal of Political Science Education 7(2). doi: 10.1080/15512169.2011.564912

Kramer, Daniel Boyd; P. Doran. 2010. Land Conversion at the Protected Area’s Edge. Conservation Letters 3(5): 349-358. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00122.x

Jordan, Christopher; Kara Stevens; Gerald Urquhart; Daniel Boyd Kramer; and Kirkman Roe. 2010. A New Record of Baird’s tapir Tapirus bairdii in Nicaragua. Tapir Conservation 19(1): 11-15. PDF

Schmitt, Kristen and Daniel Boyd Kramer. 2010. Road development and market access on Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast: Implications for household fishing and farming practices. Environmental Conservation 36(4): 289-300. doi:10.1017/S0376892910000159

Kramer, Daniel Boyd; Kristen Schmitt; Gerald Urquhart. 2009. Globalization and the connection of remote communities: Household effects and their biodiversity implications. Ecological Economics 68(12): 2897-2909. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.06.026

Kramer, Daniel Boyd. 2008. Resilient Reef Fisheries Governance of the Pacific Islands in the Era of Globalization. In M. G. Schechter, W. W. Taylor, and N. J. Leonard, editors. International governance of fisheries ecosystems: learning from the past, finding solutions for the future. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Kramer, Daniel Boyd. 2008. Adaptive Harvesting in a Multiple-Species Coral-Reef Food Web. Ecology and Society13(1): 17. PDF 

Kramer, Daniel Boyd. 2007. Determinants and Efficacy of Social Capital in Minnesota Lake Associations.Environmental Conservation 34(3): 1-9. doi: 10.1017/S0376892907004171

Kramer, Daniel Boyd; Steve Polasky; A. Starfield; Brian Palik, Lynne Westphal, Stephanie Snyder, Pamela Jakes, Rachel Hudson, Eric Gustafson. 2006. A Comparison of Cost Effective Water Quality Management in Lakes.Environmental Management 38(3): 411-425. doi: 10.1007/s00267-005-0011-y

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