Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Associate Professor

schmi420@msu.edu
Telephone: (517) 432-4128
Work Location / Address: 138 Natural Resources
Employed by / Works For: Department of Community Sustainability

Department of Community Sustainability
Environmental Science and Policy Program

About me:

Welcome to my webpage! I am a participatory modeler exploring the sustainability of complex systems with human and environmental components. I work directly with stakeholders, using participatory model-building techniques to foster adaptive learning about the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems, and to integrate stakeholder knowledge with academic knowledge. The models I build incorporate feedback and non-linear dynamics, and typically include biophysical, social, and human behavioral components. My work therefore addresses the complexity, interdisciplinarity, and engagement aspects of sustainability research. I work predominantly around problems related to agriculture, climate change, and food security, but the modeling tools I use may be applied in a wide range of contexts. My past and present research has addressed soil erosion, population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, water sustainability, energy use, deforestation, adoption of organic/sustainable agricultural techniques, and human health. 

Here is my C.V.

and Google Scholar page.

Courses I currently teach:

  • CSUS 310: History of Environmental Thought & Sustainability
  • CSUS 851: Modeling Natural Resource Systems (spring)

This modeling class is part of a new masters-level modeling certificate offered through the Environmental Science & Policy Program at MSU Learn more here.

Here are links to two recent publications: 

Here are some resources I find useful and interesting: