Joel Larson


Joel is the Associate Director of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center (WRC), where he bridges the spectrum of research to application to address the state’s most pressing water issues. Prior to joining the UMN, Joel worked at the climate program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including as the acting director of the Southeast Regional Climate Hub and developing department’s initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forests, and rural communities. Before coming to USDA, Joel served as chief of staff, adviser, and social scientist at the Bureau of Land Management. He started at the BLM as a Presidential Management Fellow, shortly after finishing his MPP degree from the Humphrey Institute. He earned his BA in geography from Macalester College. In addition to a passion for tackling thorny issues of people, water, and the environment, Joel focuses on his wife, two boys, and their dog. When not otherwise occupied, he may be found fly fishing, homebrewing, or spending time outside (regardless of the season). 

Research Interests

Water resources management, natural resources management, Extension and technology transfer, boundary organizations 

Current Projects

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