Karen Grosskreutz

Karen Grosskreutz

Ph.D. Student


Homer, Alaska


Technical University of Munich
M.Sc. Sustainable Resource Management

Warren Wilson College
B.A. Human Studies



Predators of Gypsy Moths in Bavarian Mixed Oak Forests under Conditions of Gypsy Moth Outbreak and Treatment with Tebufenozide Insecticide






I recently completed my M.Sc. in Sustainable Resource Management. My first career was in leading expeditions as a wilderness guide, outdoor educator and natural history interpreter, both nationally and internationally. After working for six summers in Southeast Alaska, I decided to return to graduate school with the goal of offering something more substantive in rural and remote communities. I’m interested in community-based resource management, knowledge co-production and actionable science. I am currently a lighthouse keeper at Five Finger Lighthouse with my husband. In my free time, I enjoy wilderness travel, kayaking, reading and learning practical skills of all kinds.


Career Goals

My career goals include working with community leaders, multidisciplinary teams and boundary-spanning organizations at the interface of science, management and policy to support climate change adaptation and coastal community resilience.



  • Human dimensions of coastal ecology


Research Overview

My research interests are in pairing Indigenous and local knowledge with Western science to inform resource management and support local governance. I am interested in the co-production of actionable science based in community-driven priorities for climate adaptation and resilience.



Student Internships

  • Education Program Coordinator, Whale Tales Symposium, Whale Trust Maui


Community Service

  • Community Science Fellow with American Geophysical Union's Thriving Earth Exchange program



  • United States Arctic Research Consortium
  • Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals