Paul Kinder

Photo of Paul Kinder Director, WVU Natural Resource Analysis Center, Coordinator Energy Environments MS Program
West Virginia University
4202 Agricultural Sciences
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506
Phone: 304-612-0836

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

UAV-based remote sensing and geospatial analysis for ecological/environmental monitoring, analysis, conservation, and restoration.

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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.


  • West Virginia University Doctor of Philosophy – Human and Community Development, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, Division of Resource Economics and Management, 2017
  • The Ohio State University – Master of Arts, Geography, 1994, Byrd Polar Research Center Graduate Assistant (Huascaran Glacier, Peru Ice Coring Expedition 21,000 ft.)
  • West Virginia University – Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude), Geography, 1992, Regional Research Institute Undergraduate Fellow, Honors Program Graduate

Other Research

  • Animal Feed Efficiency and Environmental Quality in Chesapeake Watershed – WVU Reymann Memorial Farm
  • Stream Habitat Restoration in Chesapeake Watershed – Spring Run WV trout habitat enhancements and effectiveness research


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