Kalle Matso

Master in Community Development Policy and Practice Faculty
Phone: (603) 862-3508
Office: School of Marine Science & Ocean Engineering, Gregg Hall Rm 142, Durham, NH 03824
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Kalle Matso focuses on how science and new knowledge link to decision making, especially with regard to community resiliency and environmental issues. He contributes to Carsey's Master  in Community Development Policy and Practice program by offering instruction in approaches to using scientific inquiry to address complex problems (such as structured decision making and joint fact finding) as well as facilitation, designing group processes, and evaluating science and technology policy.

Originally trained as a journalist and then as a marine ecologist, Kalle now focuses on more effectively linking science to societal decisions in a timely manner. Currently, he is the director of the Center for Collaborative Science, which manages the NERRS Science Collaborative, a partnership between the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Prior to that, he helped run the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET). Kalle received his bachelor's degree in English from The Colorado College and his master's and doctorate degrees (in natural resources) from UNH. Kalle is also an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.


  • M.S., Natural Resources/Conservation, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., English, Colorado College

Courses Taught

  • DPP 911: Environ Factors in Develp Prac

Selected Publications

Matso, K. E., & Becker, M. L. (2015). Funding Science that Links to Decisions: Case Studies Involving Coastal Land Use Planning Projects. Estuaries and Coasts, 38(S1), 136-150. doi:10.1007/s12237-013-9649-5

Matso, K. E., & Becker, M. L. (2014). What Can Funders Do to Better Link Science with Decisions? Case Studies of Coastal Communities and Climate Change. Environmental Management, 54(6), 1356-1371. doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0347-2

Riley, C., Matso, K., Leonard, D., Stadler, J., Trueblood, D., & Langan, R. (2011). How Research Funding Organizations can Increase Application of Science to Decision-Making. Coastal Management, 39(3), 336-350. doi:10.1080/08920753.2011.566117

Matso, K. E., Dix, M. O., Chicoski, B., Hernandez, D. L., & Schubel, J. R. (2008). Establishing a Minimum Standard for Collaborative Research in Federal Environmental Agencies. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 4(3), 362. doi:10.1897/ieam_2007-070.1

Short, F. T., Matso, K., Hoven, H. M., Whitten, J., Burdick, D. M., & Short, C. A. (2001). Lobster Use of Eelgrass Habitat in the Piscataqua River on the New Hampshire/Maine Border, USA. Estuaries, 24(2), 277. doi:10.2307/1352951

Most Cited Publications