Laura Van Riper

Laura Van Riper, PhD, BLM social scientist, has over 20 years of academic and on-the-ground experience in collaborative and community-based natural resource management and conflict resolution both within the United States and abroad.

Since 1999, Laura has served as the social scientist on the National Riparian Service Team  – a national level, field-based, interagency, and interdisciplinary team located in Prineville, OR.  The team is focused on increasing the capacity of local, diverse groups to effectively confront and manage technically complex and socially contentious riparian issues through the implementation of the Creeks and Communities Network Strategy. In this role, Laura has served as a project lead, facilitator, and trainer for collaboration and conflict resolution related to riparian management across the western United States. 

Laura has additional experience with program evaluation, strategic planning, organizational development, team building, and managing peer-to-peer learning networks (communities of practice). 

She frequently serves as a link between agency headquarters and the field regarding the development and implementation of collaboration and partnership policies, strategies, and workforce development initiatives. Laura also serves as a senior level facilitator for the Department of the Interior Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution In-House Facilitation Roster.

Laura Van Riper, PhD

BLM Social Scientist
National Riparian Service Team

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