Karin Rogers

Interim Director | Research Scientist
253 Rhoades Tower, CPO 2345

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tue: 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri: 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Karin is NEMAC's Interim Director and a Research Scientist at NEMAC. Her work involves both the day-to-day operations of NEMAC, as well as working with NEMAC’s federal, local, and state partners to effectively deliver and communicate their science for more informed decision making. She also co-leads the NEMAC Student Intern program.

As Director, Karin manages NEMAC’s organizational and funding program, which involves overseeing external grants, contracts, and agreements and individual program and project budgets. She works closely with funding agents and UNC Asheville staff to execute the financial and operational goals for each NEMAC project. She fosters relationships with NEMAC’s external funders and stakeholders, including the USDA Forest Service, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-North Carolina, and various regional, state, and local partners.

As Research Scientist, Karin is interested in the application of scientific information in the realm of decision making. Her work has focused on various technology transfer methodologies, including group facilitation and training, scientific graphic design, and statistical applications used in decision support. Her knowledge of environmental science, decision science, and team dynamics help groups use scientific information to better understand and face the challenges of a changing environment. She has been involved with some of NEMAC’s key projects, such as the support of the science and analysis team for the National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Indicator project in support of the sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA), and the USDA Forest Service ForWarn project.

Previously, she worked as a Research Coordinator at the University Of Georgia Department Of Crop and Soil Sciences, researching issues related to water quality and non-point source pollution. Karin received her M.S in Geology with a concentration in Fluvial Geomorphology from the University of Georgia, and her bachelor’s degree in Geology from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Selected NEMAC Presentations/Publications/Papers

  • Morgan, J., J. Fox, M. Hutchins, J. Frimmel, K. Rogers, and C. Dougherty. “A Web Application and Subscription Service for Landsat Forest Area Change Tools (LandsatFACT).” Presentation at the North Carolina GIS Conference, Raleigh, NC, February 25–27, 2015.
  • Hutchins, M., K. Rogers, J. Fox, J. Morgan, and M. Phillips. “Geospatial Tools for Science Delivery and Supporting Forest Management Decisions.” Presentation at the North Carolina GIS Conference, Raleigh, NC, February 7–8, 2013.
  • Fox, J., J. G. Dobson, K. L. Rogers, and M. W. Hutchins. “Towards a Scalable Climate Adaptation Approach—It’s All About the Decision.” Presentation at the 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, 8th Symposium on Policy and Socioeconomic Research, Austin, Texas, January 6–10, 2013.
  • Fox, J., K. Rogers, M. Hutchins, D. C. Lee, and S. Norman. “Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, Ideas to Actions—Moving from Modeling to Implementation.” Presentation at the 5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, Portland, OR, December 3–7, 2012.
  • Dubrow, R., M. W. Hutchins, J. D. Morgan, J. Fox, and K. L. Rogers. “Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group—Phase II.” Technical Report to the Landscape Conservation and Restoration Pilot Project (LCRPP), 2012.
  • Morgan, J. D., M. W. Hutchins, J. Fox, and K. L. Rogers. “A Methodological Framework focused on integrating GIS and BBN Data for Probabilistic Map Algebra Analysis,” Extended Abstracts, GIScience 2012, Columbus, OH, September 18–21, 2012.
  • Fox, J., J. Dobson, K. Lichtenstein, and M. Phillips. “Delivering Scientific Information and Tools to Decision Makers: Examples of a Dynamic Business Process.” Presentation at the American Meteorological Society 19th Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC, July 18–20, 2011.
  • Rogers, K., M. Hutchins, S. Norman, D. Lee, J. Fox, and C. Dougherty. “Planning with Uncertainty: The application of the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT) at multiple geographic and planning scales.” Presentation at the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) 21st Annual Conference, Asheville, NC, November 15–17, 2011.
  • Pierce, T., M. Phillips, J. Hicks, M. Hutchins, K. Lichtenstein, and J. Fox. “Forests and Phenology: Designing the Early Warning System to Understand Forest Change.” Presentation at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 13–17, 2010.
  • Lichtenstein, K., B. O’Hara, T. Pierce, M. Hutchins, J. Hicks, M. Phillips, and J. Fox. “Understanding climate change impacts: Partnerships and technology transfer.” Presentation at the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) 20th Annual Conference, Gatlinburg, TN, November 16–18, 2010.
  • Pierce, T., M. Hutchins, J. Hicks, K. Lichtenstein, and M. Phillips. “Distributing Phenology Data: The National Phenology Dataset Explorer.” Presentation at the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) 20th Annual Conference, Gatlinburg, TN, November 16–18, 2010.
  • Hutchins, M.., J. Dobson, J. Fox, and K. Lichtenstein. “Stakeholder Engagement and Conducting Climate Assessments in Western North Carolina.” Presentation at the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) 20th Annual Conference, Gatlinburg, TN, November 16–18, 2010.
  • Dobson, J. Greg, Jim Fox, Karin Lichtenstein, and Matt Hutchins. “Engaging Stakeholders for Conducting Regional Climate Assessments.” Science and Technology Infusion Climate Bulletin, 147–150. Abstract of a presentation at the 35th NOAA Annual Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop, Raleigh, NC, October 4–7, 2010.
  • Dobson, J., T. Pierce, J. Fox, M. Phillips, and K. Lichtenstein. “Developing climate communication tools for integrated decision support at the local and regional level.” Presentation at the 90th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 16–21, 2010.

Recent Awards


  • MS Office (including MS Project), Adobe CS, SigmaPlot, Norsys Netica
  • Introduction to Bayesian Networks Using Netica, Innovative Decisions, 2011
  • NCI Charrette System™ Certificate Training, Harvard University, 2010
  • FAST Professional Facilitation Workshop Training, MG Rush, Morgan Madison and Company, 2009
  • Duke Environmental Leadership Program Certificate, Ecological Risk Assessment: Theory and Practice; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, 2008