Katherine von Stackelberg, ScD

Research Scientist, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Katherine von Stackelberg is a principal at NEK Associates LTD, a small firm incorporated in Massachusetts specialized in developing risk-based modeling tools to support sustainable environmental decision making. She is a research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and a research affiliate at the Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a co-leader of the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group at Harvard University. Dr. von Stackelberg has 30 years of 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 ecological resilience, 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. She 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 peer reviewer for several additional journals. Dr. von Stackelberg served on the board of scientific counselors at the US 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 US Environmental Protection Agency (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 currently serves on the board of directors and as treasurer for the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. She is a peer reviewer for the EPA (ecosystem services documents and STAR grant program), and recently completed service on a National Academy of Science's committee.


  • ScD Harvard School of Public Health