Katherine Von Stackelberg

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. von Stackelberg has long worked at the intersection of science and policy, originally in assessing public health risks of exposure to environmental contaminants, which expanded to the role of natural systems, expressed as ecosystem services, in supporting well-being, and the subsequent valuation of those ecosystem services to support policy analyses. Her ScD dissertation was based on a contingent valuation survey to monetize the benefit associated with risk reductions to ecological receptors exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls in the environment. She is currently working with a team to develop an ecosystem integrity index (EII; in review at a Frontiers journal) expressed as carbon-weighted hectares, that combines earth observation, machine learning, and confirmatory ground-level data and links to a monetized (or tokenized) valuation of biodiversity attributes. Dr. von Stackelberg attended COP15 as a delegate, and is a member of TNFD and the Ecosystem Services Workgroup of GeoBON.

Dr. von Stackelberg has an ScD and ScM from Harvard University in Environmental Science & Risk Management and Environmental Health and Health Policy & Management, respectively.