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Keahna Margeson

Company: Dalhousie University

Position: Interdisciplinary PhD Student

Expert Overview

I am interested in understanding social license for nature based coastal adaptation and infrastructure. Specifically, I am interested in learning about perceptions of community members, decision makers, and other stakeholders, over time, regarding nature based infrastructure projects in areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and increasingly severe storm events. I am currently an Interdisciplinary PhD student at Dalhousie University working within the fields of social impact assessment, marine spatial planning and culturomics to support successful, equitable systems- based management approaches for coastal resilience.


Journal article
Eisenhauer, E., Williams, K., Margeson, K., Paczuski, S., Mulvaney, K. Hano, M.C. 2020. Advancing translational research in environmental science: The role and impact of social science. Environmental Science & Policy.

Reports and data
Williams, K., Margeson, K., Paczuski, S., Clarke, R., Auker, K., Hoffman, J. 2020. Beneficial Use of Dredge Material Decision Tool. RESES Final Report. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth MN, EPA/600/R-20/409.

Williams, K., Margeson, K., Paczuski, S., and Hoffman, J. 2019. Mud Lake Future Alternatives Community Values and Health Impacts Analysis. Data set. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, EPA/600/F19/054.

Oral Presentations
Angradi, T, S. Green, T. Hollenhorst, J. Josephs, J. Launspach, K. Margeson, S. Paczuski, M. Wick, K. Williams, and J. Witts. Learning at Pickle Ponds: What does R2R2R look like in a place. St. Louis River Summit, Duluth, MN, March 1-3, 2021.
Paczuski, S., K. Margeson, K. Williams, and J. Hoffman. Decision support for the beneficial use of dredged material. International Association of the Great Lakes (IAGL) Virtual Meeting, Duluth, MN, June 4-5, 2020.

Paczuski, S., K. Margeson, K. Williams, and J. Hoffman. Supporting decision-making through analysis of the beneficial reuse of dredged materials in the St. Louis River. St Louis River Summit, Duluth, MN, March 3-4, 2020.

Poster Presentations
Margeson, K, S. Paczuski, K. Williams and J. Hoffman. Using the R3 Paradigm to understand decision making in beneficial use of dredged material projects. St. Louis River Summit, Duluth, MN, March 3-4, 2020.

Margeson, K. Cultivating collaboration in a public park: A case study of the Dakota Nature Park as a common pool resource. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2018.

Margeson, K. Promise for Pine Ridge: What are the perceived effects of Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. being federally recognized as a Promise Zone? SDSU Sociology 90th Anniversary Research Symposium, 2016.


Bachelors of Science, Major: Sociology, Minor: Leadership- South Dakota State University 2012-2015
Masters of Science, Sociology- South Dakota State University- 2016-2018


Social Science Research Support, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth, MN, January 2019-present
• Qualitative data analysis
• Translation of findings through reports, journal articles, and technical briefings
• Adhering to project structure and deadlines
• Oral and written communication to technical audiences, supervisors, and colleagues

Board Member, Friends of Lake Superior Reserve, Superior, WI, June 2019-present
• Contribute to creation and implementation of communication plan
• Contribute to creation and implementation of strategic action plan
• Design and implementation of organization website
• Outreach and communication, emphasizing equity and inclusion
• Social media and communications management

Northwoods Women in Science, 2020-present
International Association for Society and Natural Resources, 2018-2019
Rural Sociological Society, 2018-2019