Scott Christiansen

Courtesy Faculty Member, Natural Resources

Office: 458-292-7041

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 at the Cascades campus and a courtesy faculty member in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at the Corvallis campus. He has been active since then on international assignments. Example consultancies:

  • Nov 2018-Apr 2019: FAO-Near East and North Africa, contract for 6-months helping to organize the Land and Water Days Conference for 31 Mar – 4 Apr 2019. The conference had 482 participants from 45 countries and wrapped up on 4 Apr with the first joint Arab ministerial meeting of the ministers of agriculture and ministers of water at the headquarters of the League of Arab States.
  • Sep 2018: 6-week contract with Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) in Beirut to write a final report for the $46.2 m USAID Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development Project.
  • Mar 2018: 6-week contract from home as the Team Lead on a wheat value chain analysis in Raqqa, Syria as a subcontractor under USAID’s Bakery Rehabilitation and Agricultural Development Project.
  • Jun 2017: 3-day contract from home with IFAD to review a livestock project for Jordan.
  • May 2017: 2-week contract from home with ICARDA on improving engagement with the private sector and improving engagement with donors in Fragile States.
  • Dec 2016: 3-week contract with FAO as Team Lead preparing a project on Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


  • 2012-2016 Amman, Jordan: Senior Science Advisor, USAID/Jordan, Office of Water Resources and Environment; 2009-2012 Washington DC: Senior Agricultural Development Advisor, USAID, Asia and Middle East Bureaus, Washington, DC; 2007-2009 Aleppo Syria,: Executive Assistant to the Director General and Resource Mobilization Facilitator, ICARDA; 2003-2007 Washington DC: Senior Agricultural Development Advisor, Middle East Bureau, USAID; 2000-2003 Beltsville, Maryland: International Program Leader, USDA/ARS; 1996-2000 Cairo, Egypt: International Facilitator, ICARDA Regional Initiative on Dryland Management; 1990-1996 Aleppo, Syria: Grazing Management Specialist, ICARDA; 1988-1990 Settat, Morocco: Forage Specialist, USAID Aridoculture Project; 1982-1987 El Reno, Oklahoma: Research Agronomist. USDA/ARS Grazinglands Research Lab.