Christine Biermann, PhD

Christine Biermann, PhD

Christine Biermann, PhD

Associate Professor
Geography and Environmental Studies Department
Columbine Hall, rm. 2031

Areas of Interest

  • Critical physical geography
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Tree rings and climate
  • Socioecological forest dynamics
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Political ecology


  • PhD, Geography, Ohio State University, 2014
  • MS, Geography, University of Tennessee, 2009
  • BA, Geography, SUNY Geneseo, 2007

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Systems: Climate and Vegetation (GES 1000)
  • Forest Geographies (GES 4700)
  • Global Climate and Environmental Change (GES 4700)

Selected Publications

  • Biermann, C., and J. Baginski. 2020. From tailwaters to urban waters: Angling and conservation on Colorado’s South Platte River. Denver and the Rocky Mountain West (ed. M. Keables). American Association of Geographers.
  • Wilmking, M., M. van der Maaten-Theunissen, E. van der Maaten, T. Scharnweber, A. Buras, C. Biermann, M. Gurskaya, M. Hallinger, J. Lange, R. Shetti, M. Smiljanic, and M. Trouillier. 2020 Global assessment of relationships between climate and tree growth. Global Change Biology 26(6): 3212-3220.
  • Lave, R., C. Biermann, and S. Lane. 2018. Handbook of Critical Physical Geography. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Biermann, Christine, and H. Grissino-Mayer. 2018. Shifting climate sensitivities, shifting paradigms: tree-ring science in a dynamic world. In R. Lave, C. Biermann, and S. Lane (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Physical Geography (pp. 201-222). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Biermann, Christine, and R. Anderson. 2017. Conservation, biopolitics, and the governance of life and death. Geography Compass, 11(10): 1-13.
  • Biermann, Christine. 2016. Securing forests from the scourge of blight: the biopolitics of nature and nation. Geoforum, 75: 210-219.
  • Wang, H., D. Liu, D. Munroe, K. Cao, and C. Biermann. 2016. Selecting sensitive environmental variables for species distribution modeling. Annals of GIS, 22(1): 57-69.
  • Mansfield, B., C. Biermann, K. McSweeney, J. Law, C. Gallemore, L. Horner, and D. Munroe. 2015. Environmental politics after nature: conflicting socioecological futures. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(2): 284-293.
  • Lave, R., M. Wilson, E. Barron, C. Biermann, M. Carey, C. Duvall, L. Johnson, K. Lave, N. McClintock, D. Munroe, R. Pain, J. Proctor, B. Rhoads, M. Robertson, J. Rossi, N. Sayre, G. Simon, M. Tadaki, and C. VanDyke. 2014. Intervention: Critical physical geography. The Canadian Geographer, 58(1): 1-10.
  • Biermann, Christine, and B. Mansfield. 2014. Biodiversity, purity, and death: conservation biology as biopolitics. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32: 257-273.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Research Grant, “Wild Trout: Conservation, Restoration, and the Molecular Turn,” Co-PI, with PI David Havlick ($208,988)
  • 2017-2018 University of Washington Royalty Research Fund Scholar
  • 2013 E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Fellowship, Ohio State University
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Volunteer and Service

  • Group leader, North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (2016)
  • Associate Editor, Conservation and Society