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Daniel Kramer

Daniel  Kramer
  • Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room N365
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-258-0181


Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Conservation Biology
Associate Professor

Professor Kramer has a joint appointment between James Madison College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. His research examines the social, economic and policy aspects of conservation. More specifically, Professor Kramer researches the effects of large infrastructure projects (e.g. roads, dams, energy) on human and environment interactions in remote, rural locations in Central America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa.

He is also interested in human and wildlife interactions both domestically and internationally. Finally, Professor Kramer researches the role of local governments and institutions in promoting sustainability and the conservation of wildlife. Professor Kramer’s teaching interests include domestic and international environmental policy, sustainable development, globalization and the environment, conservation social science, quantitative methods and environmental security.


Professor Dan Kramer receives Emerging Leader Award

Professor Dan Kramer is to be awarded the John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader Award at the 2011 International Award ceremony on March 23rd. This award, established in 2006 to honor John K. Hudzik, former Dean of International Studies and Programs and Acting Provost of Michigan State and current Vice President for Global Engagement and Strategic Projects, recognizes a faculty member (only one annually) early in his/her career who is making a significant impact on the advancement of international scholarship, teaching, and/or public service and outreach at MSU.

Professor Dan Kramer is featured in Conservation Maven, a conservation blog.

Daniel Boyd Kramer, with Gerald Urquhart and Kristen Schmitt, published "Globalization and the connection of remote communities: Household effects and their biodiversity implications," in Ecological Economics, 2009, 68(12): 2897-2909.

Daniel Boyd Kramer and Kristen Schmitt wrote the article "Road development and market access on Nicaragua's Atlantic coast: Implications for household fishing and farming practices," in Environmental Conservation. Published 2010.

Madison Professor Dan Kramer, along with other MSU colleagues,will receive a 5 year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for just over $1 million. Dan Kramer and Jerry Urquhart (Lyman Briggs) will lead the project, "Globalization and the Connection of Remote Communities: Environmental Implications," which addresses the impacts on human and natural systems in remote human settlements due to connection to global market, migration, and technology networks. They are joined by Co-PIs Andrea Allen (Anthropology/Center for Gender in Global Context), Aaron McCright (LB and Sociology), and Jiaguo Qi (Geography). The project's research sites are twelve small communities of varying degrees of isolation along the Caribbean "Mosquito" Coast of Nicaragua. The grant includes $18,000 to support undergraduate research internships for JMC and LB students over the five year period.

Daniel Kramer published "Determinants and efficacy of social capital in lake associations" in Environmental Conservation, 34(3): 1-9, 2007.

During fall 2006, Dan Kramer attended the Annual American Fisheries Society Conference in Lake Placid, NY, and presented a paper entitled "Globalization Aikido: Building Resilient Reef Fisheries Institutions in the Pacific Islands."

Dan Kramer published the article "A comparison of alternative strategies for cost-effective water quality management in lake" in Environmental Management, 28.3, 411-425 (2006). He also attended two summer conferences: The World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists in Kyoto, Japan, during which he presented a paper entitled, "Adaptive harvesting in a multiple use, multiple species coral reef ecosystem"; and The Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology in San Jose, California, during which he presented a paper entitled, "Group hug for lakes: The determinants and efficacy of social capital in lake associations."