Kelly Biedenweg

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


I am an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies how individuals and institutions interact with the natural environment. I explore this primarily from the questions of “How do natural resources contribute to the human experience?” and “How do social relationships influence the management of natural resources?” I spent the first 8 years of my research career in Latin American forests, studying community forestry in the Bolivian Amazon and the Mayan forests as well as environmental leadership in communities in and around Honduran forests. More recently, my research has been focused on the forests and watersheds of the Pacific Northwest. I use tools such as values mapping, cognitive mapping, and the identification and monitoring of cultural ecosystem services.

Selected publications

Cerveny, L.C., K. Biedenweg, K. and R. McLain (early online) Mapping meaningful places on Washington's Olympic Peninsula: Toward a deeper understanding of landscape values. Environmental Management.

Biedenweg, K., H. Harguth and K. Stiles (2017) The science and politics of human wellbeing: A case study of co-creating indicators for Puget Sound restoration. Ecology and Society 22: 11.

Williams, K., K. Biedenweg and L. Cerveny (2017) Managing for Ecosystem Service Preferences across Residential Classifications near Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. Forests 8: 157.

Biedenweg, K., T. Scott and R. Scott. (2017) How does engaging with nature relate to life satisfaction? Demonstrating the link between environment-specific social experiences and life satisfaction. Journal of Environmental Psychology 50: 112-124.

Besser, D., R. McLain, L. Cerveny, K. Biedenweg and D. Banis (2014) Mapping Landscape Values: Issues, Challenges and Lessons Learned from Field Work on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Environmental Practice 16: 138-150. doi:

Biedenweg, K., L. Cerveny and R. McLain (2014) Values Mapping with Latino Forest Users: Contributing to the dialogue on multiple land use conflict management. Practicing Anthropology 36: 33-37.

Biedenweg, K. and M.C. Monroe (2013) Teasing apart the details: How social learning can affect collective action in the Bolivian Amazon. Human Ecology 41: 239–253.

McLain, R., M. Poe, K. Biedenweg, L. Cerveny, D. Besser and D. Blahna (2013) Making sense of Human Ecology Mapping: An overview of approaches to integrating socio-spatial data into environmental planning. Human Ecology 41: 651–665.

Biedenweg, K. and M.C. Monroe (2013) Cognitive methods and a case study for assessing shared perspectives as a result of social learning. Society and Natural Resources 26: 931-944.