Katie Barnhill-Dilling

Katie Barnhill

Senior Research Scholar; GES Center Executive Committee Member

Genetic Engineering and Society Center


Email: skbarnhi@ncsu.edu | CV | Twitter


Dr. Katie Barnhill is a social scientist, exploring just environmental decision-making. Most recently, Katie served as a postdoctoral research scholar at NC State in the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources. Broadly, her research focuses on engaging diverse communities and stakeholders in complex environmental and natural resource governance questions. She explores the politics and social science around emerging applications of biotechnology in biodiversity conservation and restoration. She has experience in community-based research, and in co-constructing research agenda with Indigenous environmental leaders.

Katie’s work is situation at an intersection of Science, Technology, and Society studies — in particular public engagement with science and technology — and Environmental Justice. As a critical scholar, her primary focus is on qualitative methodologies, including in-depth interviews, focus group facilitation, and participant observation, while also deploying quantitative methods to gain perspective on broader trends.


PhD, North Carolina State University; MS, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Environmental Science; BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anthropology, Environmental Studies (Minor)


Governance of Environmental Biotechnologies, Stakeholder and Public Engagement, Environmental Justice, Gene Drive Governance

Highlighted Publications

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Barnhill-Dilling, SK and Delborne, JA. Whose intentions? What consequences? Interrogating “Intended Consequences” for conservation with environmental biotechnology. Conservation Science and Practice 2021; e406. doi: 10.1111/csp2.406PDF

Megan E. Serr, Rene X. Valdez, Kathleen S. Barnhill-Dilling, John Godwin, Todd Kuiken & Matthew Booker. Scenario analysis on the use of rodenticides and sex-biasing gene drives for the removal of invasive house mice on islands. Biological Invasions (2020) pp 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s10530-019-02192-6. Published: 02 January 2020.

Barnes, J., Pitts, E., Barnhill-Dilling, S.K., & Delborne, J. (2019) Genetic Engineering and Society. In T. Pittinsky (Ed.), Science, Technology, and Society: New Perspectives and Directions (pp. 203-233). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316691489.009. Published: November 2019.

John Godwin, Megan Serr, S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling , Dimitri V. Blondel, Peter R. Brown, Karl Campbell, Jason Delborne, Alun L. Lloyd , et al. Rodent gene drives for conservation: opportunities and data needs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Volume 286, Issue 1914, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1606. Published: 06 November 2019. Download PDF

S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling, Louie Rivers & Jason A. Delborne (2019) Rooted in Recognition: Indigenous Environmental Justice and the Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Tree. Society & Natural Resourcesdoi: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1685145. Published: 05 November 2019. Download PDF

Mahmud Farooque, S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling, Julie Shapiro, and Jason Delborne. “Exploring Stakeholder Perspectives on the Development of a Gene Drive Mouse for Biodiversity Protection on Islands” Workshop Report. June 2019. Available online at http://go.ncsu.edu/ges-gene-drive-workshopDownload PDF

S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling, Megan Serr, Dimitri V. Blondel and John Godwin(2019). Sustainability as a Framework for Considering Gene Drive Mice for Invasive Rodent Eradication. Sustainability. doi: 10.3390/su11051334 Download

S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling, Jason A. Delborne. The genetically engineered American chestnut tree as opportunity for reciprocal restoration in Haudenosaunee communities Biological Conservation, Volume 232, 2019, Pages 1-7 doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.01.018 Download

Jason Delborne, Adam Kokotovich, S. Kathleen Barnhill-Dilling (2018). Engaging community with humility. Science 02 Nov 2018: Vol. 362, Issue 6414, pp. 532-33. DOI: 10.1126/science.aav4987. Download

Delborne, J.A., Binder, A.R., Rivers, L., Barnes, J.C., Barnhill-Dilling, S.K., George, D., Kokotovich, A., and Sudweeks, J. (2018). Biotechnology, the American Chestnut Tree, and Public Engagement (Workshop Report). Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University. Download