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Robin Rothfeder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-4091
Office: TNR 180

Curriculum Vitae


Robin Rothfeder is an avid outdoor enthusiast (especially skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, and scuba diving) and a certified yoga instructor. Having just recently moved from his longtime home in the Mountain West, he is thrilled to be building new connections with the landscape and the communities of Central Wisconsin and the Midwest.

He currently teaches courses on sustainability, communication skills and public relations, and natural resource policy. Robin's research and teaching focus on the complex dynamics of social-ecological systems. He is particularly interested in water resource management, and the interrelationships between supply, demand, infrastructure, environmental quality, and ecosystem functioning.  


  • B.S. Environmental Science and Environmental Economics, UC Berkeley
  • M.S. Environmental Humanities, University of Utah
  • Ph.D. Ecological Planning (Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design program), University of Utah

 Research and Professional Projects

  • Ecological Planning: Theory, Practice, and Process for an Emerging Field (dissertation research about how biophysical science can be better integrated with urban planning and design)

  • Red Butte Creek Strategic Vision (lead author and project manager for a plan to restore a degraded urban stream on the University of Utah campus)

  • Land Cover, Urban Form, and Water Use in Salt Lake City, Utah (lead researcher on a multifaceted project that has been utilized by non-profit organizations and the Utah state legislature)

  • What Drives Household Recovery After Disasters? A Case Study of Hurricane Sandy in New York City (data analyst and co-author for an NSF funded research project)

  • System Dynamics Modeling for Water Resource Management in Arid Urban Areas (lead researcher, looking at the relationships between water demand, water supply, urban growth, and climate change in the Southwestern US)

  • The Bright Green Line: A Practitioner Script (co-author on a book about community engagement and conservation development)