University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Global Landscapes Initiative

imageLead Scientist
Global Water Initiative

Institute on the Environment
University of Minnesota
325 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108


My research is focused on interactions among land management, water resources and human wellbeing.  For my postdoctoral work with GLI, I am looking for patterns in agricultural water use to identify regions where changing irrigation management could increase or stabilize food supply while ensuring the delivery of a suite of complementary ecosystem services.  I am also working with the Natural Capital Project to improve and apply water quality models, which will help quantify the value of different land use types and management practices on water quality.

My graduate research at Stanford University provides insight and guidance for ecosystem services assessments and policy.  In the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, I worked with a committee from ecology, hydrology, economics, and law to develop theory and field evidence of hydrologic ecosystem services. Integrating a large body of existing hydrology research about land-use effects on water into the ecosystem services framework culminated in an article coauthored with Gretchen Daily, T Ka’eo Duarte, and Harold Mooney for the 2007 Annual Review of Environment and Resources, “The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: A focus on hydrology.”  I also lead a field project measuring the biophysical and economic impacts of conversion between forest and pasture on Hawai’i Island.  I produced a video about this study for an Ecological Society of America conference on ecosystem services.

Prior to graduate school, I worked in Public Education at the Natural Resources Defense Council, providing information to and interpreting scientific findings for members.


Guswa, AJ, KA Brauman, C Brown, B Keeler, P Hamel, S Sayre. 2014. “Hydrologic Modeling for Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities.” Water Resources Research (in press)

Chaplin-Kramer R, E Bennett, BE Robinson, GC  Daily, KA Brauman, PC West (2014) “Determining the value of ecosystem services in agriculture” in Enhancing the resilience of agriculture: perspectives from ecology and economics. R Hails, S Ramsden, S Gardner, eds. Ecological Reviews (accepted)

Carlson KM, LM Curran, AG Ponette-González, D Ratnasari, P Ruspita, N Lisnawati, Y Purwanto, KA Brauman, and PA Raymond. 2014. Influence of watershed-climate interactions on stream temperature, sediment yield, and metabolism along a land use intensity gradient in Indonesian Borneo, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., doi:10.1002/2013JG002516.

Ponette-González, A G, E Marin-Spiotta, KA Brauman, KR Young, K Farley. 2014. “Hydrologic Connectivity in the High-Elevation Tropics: Heterogeneous Responses to Land Change.” BioScience 64(2): 92-104 doi: 10.1093/biosci/bit013

Staudt, A, AK Leidner, J Howard, KA Brauman, J Dukes, L Hansen, C Paukert, J Sabo, LA Solórzano. 2013. “The added complications of climate change: understanding and managing biodiversity and ecosystems.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(9): 494–501

Brauman, KA, S Seibert, JA Foley. 2013. “Improving crop water productivity increases water sustainability and food security–a global analysis.” Environmental Research Letters 8(2): 02403

Brauman, KA, S van der Meulen and J Brils. 2014. “Ecosystem Services and River Basin Management.” In Towards Risk-Based Management of River Basins. W Brack, J Brils, D Muller, P Negrel, J Vermaat, eds. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Springer. Heidelberg, Germany.

Richter BD, D Abell, E Bacha, KA Brauman, S Calos, A Cohn, C Disla, S Friedlander O’Brien, D Hodges, S Kaiser, M Loughran, C Mestre, M Reardon, and E Siegfried. 2013. “Tapped Out: How can cities secure their water future?” Water Policy Journal 15(3): 335-363 doi:10.2166/wp.2013.105

Keeler, B, S Polasky, KA Brauman, K Johnson, J Finlay, A O’Neill, K Kovacs, B Dalzel. 2012. “Linking water quality and well-being for improved assessment and valuation of ecosystem services.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109 (45): 18619 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1215991109

Brauman, Kate A, DL Freyberg, GC Daily. 2012. “Land Cover Effects on Groundwater in the Tropics: Ecohydrologic Mechanisms.” Ecohydrology. 5: 435-444 (published online June 2011)

Brauman, Kate A, DL Freyberg, GC Daily. 2012. “Potential Evapotranspiration from Forest and Pasture in the Tropics: A Case Study in Kona, Hawai’i.” Journal of Hydrology. 440-441:52-61

Staudt, A, AK Leidner, J Howard, KA Brauman, J Dukes, L Hansen, C Paukert, J Sabo, LA Solórzano, K Johnson. 2012 “Chapter 5: Climate Change Effects on Already Stressed Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services” in Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services: Technical Input to the National Climate Assessment. Eds. S Carter, FS Chapin III, N Grimm, P Kareiva, M Ruckelshaus, M Staudinger, A Staudt, B Stein. USGS: Reston, VA.

Foley, Jonathan A, N Ramankutty, KA Brauman, ES Cassidy, JS Gerber, M Johnston, ND Mueller, C O’Connell, DK Ray, PC West, C Balzer, EM Bennett, SR Carpenter, J Hill, C Monfreda, S Polasky, J Rockström, J Sheehan, S Siebert, D Tilman, & DPM Zaks. 2011. “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet” Nature. 478(7369): 337-342

Brauman, Kate A, DL Freyberg, GC Daily. 2011. “Land Cover Effects on Groundwater in the Tropics: Ecohydrologic Mechanisms.” Ecohydrology. (first published online: 7 June 2011; DOI: 10.1002/eco.236)

Khagram S, KN Cahill, DP MacMynowski, J Warren, E Richards, K Oleson, J Kitzes, R Katz, R Hwang, R Goldman, J Funk, and KA Brauman. 2010. “Thinking about Knowing: Intellectual Foundations for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research.” Environmental Conservation. 37(4): 388-397

Brauman, Kate A, GC Daily, DL Freyberg. 2009. “Synergies and tradeoffs: Managing land to improve water supply in Kona, Hawai’i.” Video for Water-Ecosystem Services, Drought, and Environmental Justice: the First Millennium Conference of the Ecological Society of America.  Published online at:

Brauman, Kate A, DL Freyberg, GC Daily. 2010. “Forest structure influences on rainfall partitioning and cloud interception: A comparison of native forest sites in Kona, Hawai’i.” Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 150(2): 265-275

Brauman, Kate A 2008. “Book Review: The Promise and Perils of Ecosystem Service Case Studies.” Ecology. 89(9):2667-2668

Brauman, Kate A. and G. C. Daily. 2008. “Human Ecology: Ecosystem Services.” In Encyclopedia of Ecology, ed. S.E. Jorgensen and Brian Fath. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. ISBN: 0-444-52033-3

Brauman, Kate A, GC Daily, TK Duarte, and HR Mooney. 2007 “The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: A focus on hydrology.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 32:67-98


The Global Landscapes Initiative is administered by the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

Research support to the Global Landscapes Initiative is primarily provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Institute on the Environment. A comprehensive list of additional research support can be found here. Funders have no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of any manuscript.