Scott Hardy, PhD

Scott Hardy, PhD
Extension Educator (Ohio Sea Grant College Program)
1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43221
Degree Information: 
PhD in Environment & Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
MPS in Natural Resources, Cornell University
BS in Environmental Geography, Spanish Minor, Ohio University
Additional Information: 
Specializations & Areas of Expertise:

Specializations: Organizational Development / Community Planning

Areas of Expertise:

  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
    • Collaborative Watershed Management
    • Coastal Storm Resiliency
    • Community-based Response to Ecological Change


Morrison, Kerri and Scott D. Hardy (undergraduate student collaboration). 2014. “Institutional Dimensions of Farmland Conservation: An Analysis of the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program." Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 4(4) 21-33.

Bollman, Melissa and Scott D. Hardy (undergraduate student collaboration). 2012. “Evaluating Institutional Performance: Payments for Environmental Services in Costa Rica.” Latin American Policy, 3(2) 195-207.

Bollman, Melissa and Scott D. Hardy (undergraduate student collaboration). 2011. "Institutional Rules in Action: A Multi-Level Analysis of Costa Rica’s Payments for Environmental Services Program." Carbon & Climate Law Review, 5(3) 357-370.

Hardy, Scott D. 2010. “Governments, Group Membership, and Watershed Partnerships.” Society and Natural Resources, 23(7) 587-603.

Hardy, Scott D. and Tomas M. Koontz. 2010. “Collaborative Watershed Management in Urban and Rural Areas: Different Pathways to Success?” Landscape and Urban Planning, 95(2010) 79-90.

Hardy, Scott D. and Tomas M. Koontz. 2009. “Rules for Collaboration: Institutional Analysis of Group Membership and Levels of Action in Watershed Partnerships.” Policy Studies Journal, 37(3) 393-414.

Hardy, Scott D. and Tomas M. Koontz. 2008. “Reducing Nonpoint Source Pollution through Collaboration: Policies and Programs Across the U.S. States.” Environmental Management, 41(3) 301-310.


Dr. Scott Hardy is an Extension Educator with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program based in Cleveland. He conducts applied research and develops education and outreach programs on collaborative watershed management, coastal storm resiliency, community-based response to ecological change, and other issues facing Lake Erie and the broader Great Lakes region. The results of his work help to inform decision-making among practitioners and policymakers, as well as educate local and regional stakeholders about issues impacting Lake Erie, its tributaries, and the surrounding watershed.

Prior to joining Ohio Sea Grant in 2015, Dr. Hardy gained experience in a variety of different roles related to environmental management and community development. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University, a Master of Professional Studies in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and later joined the faculty at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, where he was Chair of the Environmental Studies Department. Most recently, Dr. Hardy spent two years as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University, before returning to his research and educational interests with Ohio Sea Grant. When not working he enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors with family and friends. He lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter, not far from the Lake Erie coast.