Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Kristen Schmitt

Kristen Schmitt

Title: Climate Change Outreach Specialist
Unit: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Address: School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: (906) 482-6303 x1314

E-mail: Contact Kristen Schmitt


  • M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

  • B.A., Biology, Brown University

Civic & Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Society of Sigma Xi
  • Ecological Society of America
  • The American Society of Adaptation Professionals

Current Research

I work in support of NIACS and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub to help natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management planning and decision-making. This involves partnering with Regional Climate Hubs, agencies, universities, and other public and private organizations to hold specialized training on climate change adaptation and to develop resources that land managers can use. I also contribute videos and other multimedia examples of climate change adaptation on the ground to NIACS-supported websites like the Climate Change Resource Center and the Climate Change Response Framework.


Ziigwanikwe, (Bresette, Katy); Caldwell, Chris; Chapman, Eric; Opichi, (Clark, Robin); Croll, Rob; Gauthier, Gregory J., Jr; Grignon, Jeff; Handler, Stephen; Gidigaa bizhiw, (Jondreau, Jerry); Kaspar, Tyler; Nisogaabo Ikwe, (Montano, Melonee); Moore, Tansey; Moran, Patricia; Minogiizhigookwe Nelis, Emily; Panci, Hannah; Schmitt, Kristen; Smith, Sara; Stone, Kim; Swanston, Chris. 2019. Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Odanah, Wisconsin. 54 p​.

Schmitt, K.; Kramer, D. 2010. Road development and market access on Nicaragua's Atlantic coast: implications for household fishing and farming practices. Environmental Conservation 36(4): 289-300.

Kramer, D.; Urquhart, G.; Schmitt, K. 2009 Globalization and the Connection of Remote Communities: A Review of Household Effects and Their Biodiversity Implications. Ecological Economics 68(12): 2885-3088.