Anne R. Kapuscinski

Professor of Environmental Studies
Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Sustainability Science

My work stresses a systems approach to sustainability challenges, integrating across ecological, social, and economic domains of the problem. My prior research has examined the impacts of technologies—from dams and hatcheries to aquaculture and genetic engineering—on fish conservation. My current research examines how integrated food-energy systems address the food-water-energy nexus in ways that support climate change mitigation and adaptation. Current projects examine integrated food-energy systems on dairy farms; and using microalgae to develop more sustainable feeds for aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector. I participate actively in the science-policy interface, presently as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Union of Concerned Scientists. I also serve on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Committee on Fisheries Advisory Working Group on Aquatic Genetic Resources and Technologies.  I have been a scientific advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (under three administrations), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Global Environment Facility, European Union Food Safety Agency, state of Minnesota; and served on four U.S. National Academy of Science committees addressing salmon conservation and risk analysis of genetically modified organisms. I currently serve as inaugural Editor in Chief of Sustainability Transitions, a domain of the online journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. I teach courses on environment, society and sustainability; and serve as advisor for Dartmouth’s sustainability minor.

Curriculum Vitae
124 Fairchild
HB 6182
Biological Sciences
Environmental Studies
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
B.A Swarthmore College
M.S. Oregon State University
Ph.D. Oregon State University

Selected Publications

Sarker, P.K., M.M. Gamble, S. Kelson and A. R. Kapuscinski. 2015. Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) show high digestibility of lipid and fatty acids from marine Schizochytrium sp. and of protein and essential amino acids from freshwater Spirulina sp. feed ingredients. Aquaculture Nutrition: 11pp. DOI 10.1111/anu.12230

Gerst, M., M. Cox, K. Locke, M. Laser, and A.R. Kapuscinski. 2014. A taxonomic framework for assessing governance challenges and environmental effects of integrated food-energy systems. Environmental Science and Technology: 8 pp. & Suppl. Info. DOI 10.1021/es504090u

Kelson, S.J., A.R. Kapuscinski, D.M. Timmins, W.R. Ardren. 2014. Fine-scale genetic structure of brook trout in a dendritic stream network. Conservation Genetics doi:10.1007/s10592-014-0637-5

Kapuscinski, A.R. and F. Sundström. 2013. Comments on Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0899 Draft Environmental Assessment for AquAdvantage Salmon and Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact, Dated 4 May 2012, Prepared by the Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, submitted to FDA docket April 19, 2013. 18 pp. (Comment tracking number 1jx-84va-msvp) .  PDF available here.

Johnson, K. A., G. Dana, N. R. Jordan, K. J. Draeger, A. Kapuscinski, L. K. Schmitt Olabisi and P. B. Reich 2012. Using participatory scenarios to stimulate social learning for collaborative sustainable development. Ecology and Society 17(2): 9.

Dana, G., A.R. Kapuscinski and J. Donaldson. 2012. Integrating diverse scientific and practitioner knowledge in ecological risk analysis: a case study of biodiversity risk assessment in South Africa. Journal of Environmental Management 98: 134-146.

Hill, J.E., A. R. Kapuscinski and T. Pavlowich. 2011. Fluorescent transgenic zebra danio more vulnerable to predators than wild-type. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140(4): 101-105.

Pennington, K. M. and A. R. Kapuscinski. 2011. Predation and food limitation influence fitness traits of growth-enhanced transgenic and wild-type fish. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:221-234.

Schmitt-Olabisi, L., A.R. Kapuscinski, K. Johnson, P. Reich, B. Stenquist, and K. Draeger. 2010. Using scenario visioning and participatory system dynamics modeling to investigate the future: Lessons from Minnesota 2050. Sustainability 2(8):2686-2706. (Accessible at

Cooper, A.M., Kapuscinski, A.R., and Miller, L.M. 2010. Conservation of population structure and genetic diversity under captive breeding of remnant coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) populations. Conservation Genetics 11(3): 1087-1093.

Kapuscinski, A.R., K. Hayes, S. Li, and G. Dana, eds. 2007. Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, Vol. 3: Methodologies for Transgenic Fish, CABI Publishing, UK. 304 pp.  PDF available here.

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