Oregon State University

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Sarah Klain

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Institutional Research Associate (Postdoc)
Discipline: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management
Office: Strand 347
Email: klains@coas.oregonstate.edu


Fields: ecological economics, conservation social science, ecosystem services

Topics: offshore wind farms, marine spatial planning, community engagement in natural resource decision making, fisheries

Research Interests

Regenerative design

Renewable energy decision processes and siting

Biodiversity conservation


PhD in Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia

MSc in Resources, Management and Environmental Studies at University of British Columbia

BSc in Biology and Economics, Reed College


GIS Analyst, Ecotrust, 2007

Peace Corps Volunteer, Palau, 2005-2007

GIS Technician and Research Assistant, Ecotrust 2005-2007


TA for Environmental Science 200, UBC, 2015-2016


Refereed Publications

Klain, S. C., Satterfield, T., Sinner, J., Ellis, J.I. & Chan, K. M. A. (in press). Bird killer, industrial intruder or clean energy? Perceiving risks to ecosystem services due to an offshore wind farm. Ecological Economics. 

Klain, S. C., Satterfield, T., MacDonald, S., Battista, N., & Chan, K. M. A. (2017). Will communities “open-up” to offshore wind? Lessons learned from New England islands in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 34, 13–26. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.05.009

Chan, K. M. A., Olmstead, P., Bennett, N., Klain, S. C., & Williams, E. (2017). Can ecosystem services make conservation normal and commonplae? In M. R. Poe & P. S. Levin (Eds.), Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean (p. 530). Academic Press.

Chan, K. M. A., Balvanera, P., Benessaiah, K., Chapman, M., Diaz, S., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Klain, S.C. et al. (2016). Opinion: Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(6), 1462–1465. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1525002113

Klain, S. C., Beveridge, R., & Bennett, N. J. (2014). Ecologically sustainable but unjust? Negotiating equity and authority in common-pool marine resource management. Ecology and Society, 19(4), art52. http://doi.org/10.5751/ES-07123-190452

Gould, R.K., Klain, S.C., Ardoin, N.M., Satterfield, T., Woodside, U., Hannahs, N., Daily, G.C., Chan, K.M., (2014). A Protocol for Eliciting Nonmaterial Values Through a Cultural Ecosystem Services Frame. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.12407

Singh, G. G., Tam, J., Sisk, T. D., Klain, S. C., Mach, M. E., Martone, R. G., & Chan, K. M. (2014). A more social science: barriers and incentives for scientists engaging in policy. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 140207052149003. http://doi.org/10.1890/130011

Klain, S. C., Satterfield, T. A., & Chan, K. M. A. (2014). What matters and why? Ecosystem services and their bundled qualities. Ecological Economics, 107(C), 310–320.http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.09.003

Ban, N. C., Mills, M., Tam, J., Hicks, C. C., Klain, S., Stoeckl, N., et al. (2013). A social-ecological approach to conservation planning: embedding social considerations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. (e-View) http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/110205

Russell, R., Guerry, A.D., Balvanera, P., Gould, R.K., Basurto, X., Chan, K.M.A., Klain, S., Levine, J., Tam, J. (2013). Humans and Nature: How Knowing and Experiencing Nature Affect Well-Being. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resourc. 38, 473–502. doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-012312-110838

Satterfield, T., Gregory, R., Klain, S., Roberts, M., & Chan, K. M. (2013). Culture, intangibles and metrics in environmental management. Journal of Environmental Management, 117, 103–114. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.11.033

Satz, D., Gould, R.K., Chan, K.M.A., Guerry, A., Norton, B., Satterfield, T., Halpern, B.S., Levine, J., Woodside, U., Hannahs, N., Basurto, X., Klain, S. (2013). The Challenges of Incorporating Cultural Ecosystem Services into Environmental Assessment. AMBIO 42, 675–684. doi:10.1007/s13280-013-0386-6

Klain, S. C., & Chan, K. M. A. (2012). Navigating coastal values: Participatory mapping of ecosystem services for spatial planning. Ecological Economics, 82, 104–113. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.07.008

Chan, K., Guerry, A. D., Balvanera, P., & Klain, S. (2012). Where are Cultural and Social in Ecosystem Services? A Framework for Constructive Engagement. BioScience. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.7

Klain, S., J. Eberdong, et al. (2007). Linking Micronesia and Southeast Asia: Palau Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking and Flipper Tag Returns. Marine Turtle Newsletter, 118, 9-11.

Unrefereed Publications

Sisk, T. D., Singh, G., Tam, J., Chan, K. M. A., Klain, S., Mach, M., & Martone, R. (2011). Barriers and Incentives to Engagement in Public Policy and Science-based Advocacy. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 92(3), 276–280. doi:10.1890/0012-9623-92.3.276.

Chan, K. M. A., E. J. Gregr, Klain, S. (2009). A Critical Course Change. Science 325(5946): 1342- 1343



Klain, S., MacDonald, S., & Battista, N. (2015). Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind (pp. 1–44). Island Institute.

Bennett, N., Roth, R., Barkusky, M., Chan, K. M. A., Clark, D. A., Klain, S., et al. (2014). The Conservation Social Sciences. (N. Bennett & R. Roth, Eds.) (pp. 1–85).

Chan, K. M. A., Chapman, M., Chen, C., Enelow, N., Hesslegrave, T., & Klain, S. (2015). The Values of Place: Recreation and Cultural Ecosystem Services in Puget Sound (pp. 1–116). Seattle: IRES, Point 97, Ecotrust.

Dalmer, D., Klain, S. (2012)  “Methods for assessing the social value of wild salmon to local communities annotated bibliography.” Report to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 37 pp.

Klain, S. and Chan, K. M. A. (2009). “Ecologically Sustainable Use, Marine Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas.” Report to Parks Canada. 20 pp.

Klain, S. (2008). “Joshua Eberdong, A Resource User Working to Protect Reptiles in Palau.” Rare Pride Leadership Development Program, Working with Resource Users. P. Vaughn. Arlington, VA, Rare: p.15 of 20.

Scholz, A. J.,  Kruse, S. A., Huntington,  H., Petersen, Lewis R. S., Klain, S., and Ahmann, J. (2007) “Socioeconomic Baseline Information for the Pribilof Islands.”  North Pacific Research Board Final Report 528.  Ecotrust and Huntington Consulting. 67 pp.

Scholz, A., Steinback, C.,  Mertens, M., Birney, K., Bonzon, K., Chan, C., Hamrin, S., Henderson, M., Hubbard, N., Klain, S., Klein, C., Woodling, N. (2006).  “Commercial fishing grounds and their relative importance off the Central Coast of California.” Report to the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative.

Steinback, C., Klain, S. (2005) “Rockfish Bycatch:  Spatial Analysis Using Observer Data in the Aleutian Island and Bering Sea.” Presented at the Alaska Sea Grant Biology, Assessment, and Management of North Pacific Rockfishes, 23rd Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, American Fisheries Society 135th Annual meeting.  Ecotrust and Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

Scholz, A., Bloesner, J., Klain, S. (2005) “Spatial Community Outreach Project.” Ecotrust & Pacific Marine Conservation Council, and Port Liason Project, report presented to Pacific Fisheries Management Council.


Policy Brief

Klain, S. (2009). Shark Fishing Policy Brief. Submitted to Republic of Palau.

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