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Erik E. Nordman, Ph.D.

Taking notes at the Tribunal de las Aguas, Valencia, Spain

Science + Sustainability

Dr. Erik Nordman is a Professor of Natural Resources Management and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, and a Faculty Affiliate with Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop. Nordman applies his expertise in the economic and policy dimensions of natural resources to issues ranging from urban stormwater management and land preservation to renewable energy. In 2021, Nordman published The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom: Essential Lessons for Collective Action (Island Press) which chronicles the life and work of the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Nordman holds a BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo as well as an MS in forest ecosystem management and a PhD in natural resource policy and economics, both from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He served as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, 2012-13. His publications are available at

Kilimanjaro at dawn
Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Grand Haven, Michigan