Scott Christiansen

Courtesy Faculty Member, Natural Resources
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Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Florida-Gainesville
M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Since late in 2016, Dr Christiansen became a courtesy faculty member of natural resources on the OSU-Cascades campus and a courtesy faculty member in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society on the Corvallis campus. In February 2017 Scott Christiansen also started as Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources at TBD Technology, a new firm based in Bend.


  • 2012-2016 Amman, Jordan: Senior Science Advisor, Office of Water Resources and Environment (WRE); responsible for integrated water resources management including:  rehabilitation and improvement of infrastructure; reduction of non-revenue water; water demand management; sustainable environmental approaches; water saving agricultural activities and strengthened water policies. He developed the $40 million Water Conservation Project and managed the Hydroponic Green Farming Initiative. 
  • 2009-2012 Washington, DC: Senior Agricultural Development Advisor, USAID, Asia and Middle East Bureaus (A&ME), Office of Technical Support (TS). Activity Manager for the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) in eight Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and technical contact for agriculture in A&ME. 
  • 2007-2009 Aleppo, Syria: Executive Assistant to the Director General and Resource Mobilization Facilitator at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
  • 2003-2007 Washington, DC: Senior Agricultural Development Officer, USAID/A&ME/TS, Backstopped Afghanistan in 2004-2005 and Iraq and Jordan in 2006-2007; USAID/Egypt Desk Officer for most of 2006
  • 2000-2003 Beltsville, Maryland: International Program Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service, Office of International Research Programs. Established joint Centers of Excellence on Soil and Water Conservation and Grazingland Ecosystem Sustainability, U.S. – China S&T Agreement
  • 1996-2000 Cairo, Egypt: International Facilitator (implemented by ICARDA, supervised by the World Bank) for a project under the auspices of the Multilateral Middle East Peace Talks (Regional Initiative for Dryland Management)
  • 1990-1996 Aleppo, Syria: Grazing Management Specialist, ICARDA
  • 1988-1990 Settat, Morocco: Forage Specialist, University of Nebraska contractor for the USAID Aridoculture Center
  • 1982-1987 El Reno, Oklahoma: Research Agronomist at the USDA/ARS Grazinglands Research Lab