Dr. Karen M. McCurdy
Professor McCurdy is currently engaged in a cross-disciplinary research project with Congress and Geology. This project reflects a long standing interest for her in mining policy and federal lands policy that has suddenly become relevant again in the national and global discussion about resource exploitation. A course in Energy Policy was successfully piloted in 2011.
Research and Teaching Interests: non-renewable resource policy, energy policy, legislative decision making, music and politics.
Recent Presentations and Publications:
“Natural Resources, Extractive Industries, and Government: Doomed to an Endless Public Policy Loop?” Poster presentation at the initial American Geophysical Union Science Policy Conference to be held April 30 – May 3, 2012 in Washington D.C.
“Inside and Outside the Policy Consensus: Science in a Time of Policy Upheaval in Congress”, Abstract PA14A-01, Video-on-Demand presentation at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California, December 5-9, 2011. [link: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2011/scientific-program/sessions-on-demand-5-december/]
“Spanning the Geoscience-Government Divide: The Importance of Congressional Time” (2011) Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs (Vol. 43, no. 5, p 643).
“The Policy Setting for Coal Fires: Indicators for Government Action” (2010) in Glenn Stracher, Anupma Prakesh and Ellina V. Sokol [eds], Coal and Peat Fires: A Global Perspective, Volume 1: Coal – Geology and Combustion, Elsevier Press, Vol. I, Chapter 15, pp 257-265.
“Congressional response to coal fires: Illustrating transitions in the policy process,” (2007) in Glenn B. Stracher [ed.] Geology of Coal Fires: Case Studies from Around the World, Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology, v. XVIII, p 271-278.
Last updated: 3/22/2019