Research Scientist, Harvard Center for Global Health and the Environment

Dr. Katherine von Stackelberg is a Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Global Health and the Environment and an affiliate at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. She is also co-leader of the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group at Harvard University and a Principal at NEK Associates LTD.

Dr. von Stackelberg has nearly 30 years experience designing and implementing human health and ecological risk assessments, focused on integrated, risk-based modeling approaches to support sustainable environmental decision making. She has published on the use of uncertainty analysis in decision making, bioaccumulation modeling, and use of decision analytic approaches to integrate ecosystem services and risk assessment for more effective decision making. Dr. von Stackelberg is the Area Editor for Ecological Risk Assessment for the journal Risk Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis, and is a frequent peer reviewer for several additional journals.

Dr. von Stackelberg served on the Board of Scientific Counselors at the U.S. EPA for six years and was Chair for the last three. She led the effort to explore the use of decision analytic tools and methods to support environmental decision making within the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development. She is a member of the Scientific Advisors on Risk Assessment for the European Commission in Brussels, has served as Treasurer for the Society for Risk Analysis, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

Dr. von Stackelberg received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, and a Sc.M. and Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management.