Steven Daley-Laursen, Ph.D.
Over 43 years at Montana State University, University of Minnesota and University of Idaho, Daley-Laursen was a faculty member, Extension specialist/program leader, center director, Sea Grant college director, and executive administrator at college and university levels. He was University of Idaho PI for the US DoI NW Climate Science Center, founding director of the Northwest Knowledge Network, UI Federal Relations officer, and co-founder/director of the BIA-funded National Tribal Climate Camp. He served as chair of the USDA Secretary’s National Advisory Board on Research, Education and Extension. Daley-Laursen’s scholarly work included modeling of forest systems, forest entomology, leadership development in higher education, public policy, institutional partnerships, technology transfer methodology, and environmental conflict management. He focused on interdisciplinary research and community engagement. He worked in China, Chile, Portugal, Spain and Italy. In his final years as an academic he taught courses in society and natural resources, natural resource policy, and eco-restoration/project management, and he continues to serve on Ph.D. committees. Daley-Laursen earned a B.S. in conservation and resource development (1975) from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. in Forest Resources (1980) and Ph.D. in Forest Science (1984) from the University of Idaho. Steve and his spouse, Dianne, live in Moscow, Idaho where they are active in volunteer activities, international service and outdoor play.