Associate Professor

Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608-263-4356


Lab Website




Natural resource policy, conservation planning and evaluation, ecosystem management, society and natural resources


Degree Institution Major Field Granted
B.A. University of Texas at Austin Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts 1999
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy and Management 2008

Professional Experience

Institution Title Specialization Year
University of Wisconsin Madison Assistant Professor Resource policy, conservation 2009-present
University of California, Berkeley Postdoctoral Researcher Environmental Science and Policy 2008

Honors and Awards

Selection for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative on Ecosystem Services. Irvine, CA. November,2011

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Selected Publications

Rissman, Adena R. 2013. Rethinking property rights: comparative analysis of conservation easements for wildlife conservation. Environmental Conservation. 40(3): 222–230.

Rissman, Adena R. and Nathan F. Sayre. 2012. Conservation outcomes and social relations: a comparative study of private ranchland conservation easements. Society and Natural Resources. 25(6): 523-538.

Rissman, A. R.  2011. Evaluating conservation effectiveness and adaptation in dynamic landscapes. Law and Contemporary Problems. 74: 145-173. 

Rissman, Adena R. and V. Butsic. 2011. Land trust defense and enforcement of conserved areas. Conservation Letters. 4(1): 31-37.

Rissman, Adena R. 2010. Designing perpetual conservation agreements for land management. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 63: 167-175.

Byrd, K. B., A. R. Rissman, and A. M. Merenlender. 2009. Evaluating the capacity of conservation easements to safeguard ecosystem function in an oak woodland landscape under scenarios of future development. Landscape and Urban Planning 92: 106-116.

Rissman, A. R., T. Comendant, L. Lozier, P. Kareiva, J. M. Kiesecker, M. R. Shaw, and A. M. Merenlender. 2007. Conservation easements: private use and biodiversity protection. Conservation Biology 21(3): 709-718.

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