Kassie Ernst

Research Associate

Email: hauserkm@ornl.gov


MS, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Geography, Minor in Environmental Management and Policy
BS, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Geography and Sociology


Population Distribution and Dynamics, Open Source Data Management, Spatial Analysis and Modeling

Professional Experience

  • 2013 – present, Post Masters Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, Geographic Information Science and Technology Group, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 2013 – present, Lecturer, World Regional Geography, University of Tennessee, Department of Geography
  • 2010, Exotic Plant Management Team Leader, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, Alaska
  • 2008 – 2010, Executive Director, Discover Downtown Middlesboro 501(c)3, Middlesboro, Kentucky
  • 2007 – 2008 Environmental and Natural Resources Planning Intern, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2005 – 2007 Course Planner/Facilitator and Leadership Development Specialist, InterCultural Dialogues, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Awards and Fellowships

  • 2012 Masters Paper Competition Finalist at the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting                                                                                 
  • 2012 McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs                                                
  • 2012 Department of Forestry Independent Research Scholarship                                    
  • 2012 Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Geography, University of Tennessee                          
  • 2011 Science Alliance Fellowship, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 2011 Stewart K. McCroskey Memorial Foundation Scholarship


Ernst, K. and van riemsdijk, M. (2013). Climate change scenario planning in Alaska’s National Parks: Stakeholder involvement in the decision-making process. Applied Geography, 45, 22-28.
2013 Research Highlight, Nature Climate Change. Applied Geography article mentioned as a research highlight on participatory planning.

Hauser, K. 2010. Invasive plant management for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: 2010 Summary report. Natural Resource Data Series NPS/KLGO/NRDS--2011/131. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.