Olsen, Christine

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

301N Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-8669
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-1393
Ph.D., 2008, Oregon State University, Forest Resources
M.S., 2003, Oregon State University, Environmental Science
B.A., 1999, University of Virginia, Environmental Science and Biology (double)
Research Interests: 
  • Natural Resources
  • Social Science
Social science, human dimensions of natural resources, planning and decision-making processes, citizen-agency communication and interactions, forest management before and after wildfires, coupled human-natural systems
Courses Taught: 
FES 355
Management for Multiple Resource Values
FES 422
Research Methods in Social Science
Research Methods in Social Science
FOR 251
Recreation Resource Management
FOR 454/554
Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)
MNR 511
Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources
SNR 520
Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources
Selected Publications: 
  1. Olsen, C.S., Toman, E., and S.S. Frederick. In review. A multi-region analysis of factors that influence public acceptance of smoke from different fire sources. International Journal of Wildland Fire.
  2. Frederick, S.S., Olsen, C.S., and E. Toman. In review. Public perceptions of smoke and agency relationships before and after an active fire season: Longitudinal panel results from northern California. Journal of Forestry.
  3. Olsen, C.S., Kline, J., Ager, A., Olsen, K., and K. Short. 1st Revision. Examining the influence of biophysical conditions on WUI homeowners’ wildfire risk mitigation activities in fire-prone landscapes. Ecology & Society.
  4. Kline, J., White, E.M., Fischer, A.P., Steen-Adams, M.M., Charnley, S., Olsen, C.S., Platt, E.K., Bailey, J.D., and T.A. Spies. 1st Revision. Integrating social science information about actor behavior into empirical models of couple human and natural systems. Ecology & Society.
  5. Engebretson, J.M., Hall, T.E., Blades, J.J., Olsen, C.S., Toman, E., and S. Frederick. In Press. Understanding public tolerance of smoke from wildland fires across the United States. Journal of Forestry.
  6. McGee, T., Curtis, A., McFarlane, B., Shindler, B., Christianson, A., Olsen, C.S., and S. McCaffrey. In Press. Facilitating knowledge transfer between researchers and wildfire practitioners. The Forestry Chronicle.
  7. Fischer, A.P., Spies, T.A., Steelman, T.A., Moseley, C., Johnson, B.R., Bailey, J.D., Ager, A.A., Bourgeron, P., Charnley, S., Collins, B.M., Kline, J.D., Leahy, J.E., Littell, J.S., Millington, J.D.A., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Olsen, C.S., Paveglio, T.B., Roos, C.I., Steen-Adams, M.M., Stevens, F.R., Vukomanovic, J., White, E.M., and D.M.J.S. Bowman. In Press. Wildfire risk as a socio-ecological pathology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
  8. Cheyney, M.J., Olsen, C.S., Bovbjerg, M., Everson, C., Darragh, I., and B. Potter. 2015. Practitioner and practice characteristics of Certified Professional Midwifes in the United States: Results of the 2011 North American Registry of Midwives Survey. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 60(5): 534-545.
  9. Mabardy, R.A., Waldbusser, G.G., Conway, F. and C.S. Olsen. 2015. Perception and response of the U.S. West Coast shellfish industry to ocean acidification: The voice of the canaries in the coal mine. Journal of Shellfish Research 34(2): 565-572.
  10. Olsen, C.S., Mazzotta, D., Toman, E., and A.P. Fischer. 2014. Communicating about smoke from fire: Challenges and ways to address them. Environmental Management 54(3): 571-582.
  11. Spies, T.A., White, E., Kline, J.D., Fischer, P., Agar, A., Bolte, J., Koch, J., Platt, E., Olsen, C.S., Jacobs, D., Shindler, B., Steen-Adams, M.M., and R. Hammer. 2014. Examining fire-prone forest landscapes as coupled human and natural systems. Ecology & Society 19(3): 9. DOI: 10.575/ES-06584-190309
  12. Stidham, M., Olsen, C.S., Toman, E., Frederick, S., McCaffrey, S., and B. Shindler. 2014. Longitudinal social science research in natural resource communities: lessons and considerations. Society and Natural Resources 27(10): 1104-1108.
  13. Olsen, C.S. and E. Sharp. 2013. Building community-agency trust in fire-affected communities in Australia and the United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire 22(6): 822-831.
  14. Davis, E.J., Moseley, C., Olsen, C., Abrams, J., and J. Creighton. 2013. The diversity and dynamism of fire science user needs. Journal of Forestry 111(2): 101-107.
  15. Fischer, A.P., Kline, J., Charnley, S., Olsen, C.S. 2013. Identifying policy target groups with qualitative and quantitative methods: The case of wildfire risk on nonindustrial private forest lands. Forest Policy and Economics 28: 69-78.
  16. Fischer, A.P., Korejwa, A., Koch, J., Spies, T., Olsen, C.S., White, E.M., and D. Jacobs. 2013. Using the Forests, People, Fire agent-based social network model to investigate interactions in social-ecological systems. Practicing Anthropology 35(1): 8-13.
  17. Olsen, C.S., Mallon, A., and B. Shindler. 2012. Public acceptance of disturbance-based forest management: factors influencing support. ISRN Forestry Volume 2012. doi:10.5402/2012/594067
  18. McCaffrey, S. and C.S. Olsen. 2012. Research perspectives on the public and fire management: a synthesis of current social science on 8 essential questions. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report GTR-NRS-104. Newtown Square, PA: Northern Research Station. 40 p. ** Downloaded 200+ times in first month of release.
  19. Shindler, B., Gordon, R., Brunson, M.W., and C.S. Olsen. 2011. Public perceptions of Sagebrush ecosystem management in the Great Basin. Rangeland Ecology and Management 64(4): 335-347.
  20. Olsen, C. and B. Shindler. 2010. Trust, acceptance, and citizen-agency interactions after large fires: influences on planning processes. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19(1): 137-147.
  21. Toman, E., Shindler, B. and C.S. Olsen. 2008. Communication Strategies for postfire planning: lessons learned from forest communities. In Chavez, D.J., Absher, J.D., and P.L. Winter (eds.). Fire social science research from the Pacific Southwest Station: studies supported by National Fire Plan funds. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-GTR-209. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station. Pages 165-180.
  22. Olsen, C.S. and B.A. Shindler. 2007. Citizen-agency interactions in planning and decisionmaking after large wildfires. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-GTR-715. Portland, OR: Pacific Northwest Research Station. 37 p.