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Kinder, Paul

Director, Natural Resource Analysis Center
Research Assistant Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Dr. Kinder is a proud native of West Virginia and is passionate about environmental and ecological conservation, restoration, and sustainability in this state as well as throughout Appalachia. Dr. Kinder received degrees from both West Virginia University and Ohio State University and has over 20 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors. He began his career working for the WV Division of Natural Resources in the 1990s as a biometric supervisor and GIS analyst. He moved on to become the Director of Science and Technology for the Canaan Valley Institute for over a decade. Dr. Kinder arrived at WVU in 2009 and served as a research scientist, until his appointment as NRAC director. Dr. Kinder has experience and interests in the geosciences (GIS & Remote Sensing), environmental and ecological restoration, natural resources planning and management, and social network analysis. He enjoys fostering a transdisciplinary approach to research, teaching, and service.


Select Publications

  1. Hubbart, J.A., Kellner, E., Kinder, P., & Stephan, K. (2017) Challenges in aquatic physical assessment: Improving conservation and restoration decisions for contemporary watersheds. Challenges. 8(31), 1-11.
  2. Strager, M.P., Hentz, A., Strager, J.M., Kinder, P., & Kimmet, J.A. (2017) Use of UAVs for the inventory and analysis of stream Habitat. Proceeding Paper, Wild Trout XII: Science, politics, and wild trout management: who’s driving and where are we going? West Yellowstone, MT.
  3. Sherman, L., Brown, W.S., & Kinder, P. (2016) Stewards of Shavers Fork. USA: WV Public Broadcasting. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hykaykgcqwvj94c/Shavers%20Fork%20w%20Credits%20WVPBS.mp4?dl=0
  4. Smith, K., & P. Kinder. (2002). Status of mid-atlantic highland environment resources. Congressional Testimony: United States House of Representatives, VA/HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Washington, D.C.
  5. Kinder, P. (2000). The Canaan Valley Institute: Environmental GIS in the coalfields. Conservation Geography. 1(2000), 6 – 9.