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Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Assistant Professor, Community Sustainability


Schmitt Olabisi’s past and present research has addressed soil erosion, population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, water sustainability, energy use, deforestation, adoption of organic/sustainable agricultural techniques, climate change and human migration, and climate change and human health.

Current Research

  • Schmitt Olabisi, L., Adebiyi, J.A., Traoré, P. C. S., and Kakwera, M. (revision submitted). Does Participatory Scenario Visioning Promote Learning? Evidence from Three African Countries. Elementa.
  • Whitely, C. T., Rivers, L., Bryant, S., Ligmann-Zielinska, A., Schmitt Olabisi, L., and Marquart-Pyatt, S. (revision submitted). Climate-induced Migration: Using Mental Models to Explore Aggregate and Individual Decisions. Journal of Risk Research.
  • Nazir, N., and Schmitt Olabisi, L. (submitted). Forest area and land use change in Pakistan: A system dynamics approach. Forest Ecology & Management.
  • McKay, P., Vogt, C., and Schmitt Olabisi, L. (under revision) Governance Capacities through the Eyes of Practitioners for Improving Outcomes for a Complex Socio-Ecological System. Environmental Systems & Decisions.
  • Grabowski, P., Schmitt Olabisi, L., Waldman, K., Adebiyi, J. and Rogé, P. Adoption Potential of Perennial Grains in Africa. Ecological Economics.

Selected Publications

  • Schmitt Olabisi, L., Wang, R. Q., and A. Ligmann-Zielinska. 2015. Why don't more farmers go organic? Using an agent-based model to represent complex decision-making. Land published online 22 October 2015.

  • Adebiyi, J. A., Schmitt Olabisi, L., and Snapp, S. 2015. Understanding Perennial Wheat Adoption as a Transformative Technology: Evidence from the literature and farmers. Renewable Agriculture & Food Systems published online 22 June 2015.

  • Johnson, K. A., Dana, G., Jordan, N. R., Draeger, K. J., Kapuscinski, A. R., Schmitt Olabisi, L. K., and Reich, P. B.. 2012. Participatory Scenarios and Social Learning for Sustainability. Ecology and Society 17(2): 9.

  • Schmitt Olabisi, L. 2012. Uncovering the root causes of soil erosion in the Philippines. Society & Natural Resources 25: 37-51.

  • Jordan, N., Schively Slotterback, S., Kim, J., Cadieux, V., Schmitt Olabisi, L., Pitt, D., and Mulla, D. 2011. TMDL planning in agricultural landscapes: A communicative and systemic approach. Environmental Management 48(1): 1-12.

Government Focus

National, State

Public Service

Invited participant, Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center workshop on Synergizing public participation and participatory modeling methods for action oriented outcomes
Feb. 2016
Invited participant, Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center workshop on Socio-Environmental Data Explorer
June 2015
2011 Conference Organizing Committee, United States Society for Ecological Economics