Catherine Louise Kling

Catherine Louise Kling

  • Tisch University Professor
  • David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Faculty Director

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Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics and Policy


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Catherine L. Kling is a Tisch University Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University and faculty director at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. She is past director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, where she also held the President's Chair in Environmental Economics. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015.

Kling has published nearly 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters which have received over 8,000 (Google Scholar) citations and is the editor of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. She specializes in the economic valuation of ecosystem services and integrated assessment modeling for water quality modeling. Her research program has received over $7 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the US Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

Kling chairs the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences and has been a member of six National Research Council studies. She served as president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, has held editorial positions at ten economics journals, and has received seven awards from professional associations for her research. She is an elected fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resources Economists, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, and a university fellow at Resources for the Future. Kling served for ten years on EPA's Science Advisory Board.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Elected Member (2015) National Academy of Sciences

Recent Courses

  • AEM 1500 - An Introduction to the Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Maryland, College Park, 1986
  • BBA University of Iowa, 1981