Tim Krantz

Professor, Environ Studies

Degrees: Ph.D., Geography, University of California at Berkeley, 1994; M.A., Latin American Studies, Stanford University, 1991; B.A., Ethnobotany, University of Redlands, 1977

Office: Environmental Studies, Lewis Hall #121

Phone: 909/748-8590 Campus Ext. 8590



Current Research and Areas of Expertise

Dr. Krantz is a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at the Vienna Technical University. His Fulbright assignment involves facilitating programmatic environmental policy and technology transfer between Austria and California under the auspices of a Memorandum of Understanding that he co-authored between the two governments.

Dr. Krantz is working with an Austrian-based company and the City of Redlands to develop a biomass gasification power plant that will convert 30,000 tons of municipal solid waste and 4,000 tons of biosolids (sewage sludge) into 1Megawatt of electricity, 6MW-equivalent of synthetic gas, and 4MW of caloric energy.

Professional Background

Dr. Krantz has broad experience in the field of Environmental Science. For the past several years, his research has focused on renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings and communities—where he is working with local agencies and developers to integrate land use planning, architecture and RE technologies.

He has 30+ years of land use planning and environmental impact assessment experience, specializing in endangered species mitigation, environmental remediation and ecological restoration projects. He has worked on more than 150 environmental assessments, evaluating a wide range of projects, from urban development, to mining applications and oil and chemical remediation.

Dr. Krantz is a recognized authority on the Salton Sea, where he served as the Salton Sea Database Program Director for eight years, overseeing a $4.7 million federal-assistance grant to develop a regional geographic database for the area. He served on the Salton Sea Science Subcommittee—an inter-agency panel established by then-Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbitt; is the Senior Editor of the Salton Sea Atlas, and author of several encyclopedia entries on the Salton Sea and related topics.

Dr. Krantz is the foremost authority on the flora of the San Bernardino Mountains, having published a compilation of more than 15,000 herbarium collection records of the 1,600 plant species known to occur within the range; and has broad expertise with plant taxonomy and ornithology in the Southwestern U.S., Central America, Hawaii, and French Polynesia.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Sustainable Buildings and Communities
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Geography of Southern California
  • Design Studios (various applied resource management and land use planning projects)
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Ornithology

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of California at Berkeley, 1994
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, Stanford University, 1991
  • B.A., Ethnobotany, University of Redlands, 1977

Professional Experience

  • 30+ years of environmental assessment and land use planning experience
  • Served on the San Bernardino County Planning Commission for six years from 1982-1988
  • Senior Associate Scientist with Levine-Fricke-Recon from 1995-1997, an environmental engineering company based in Emeryville, California, where he was in charge of the Ecological Services Division for the nationwide firm, primarily directing chemical and oil remediation and ecological restoration projects

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Vienna, Austria, 2009-2010
  • Invited U.S. delegate to the Trans-Atlantic Research and Development Interchange on Sustainability (TARDIS), held at Schloss Seggau, Austria, October, 2008
  • Invited U.S. delegate to the inaugural George C. Marshall Visit to Austria Program, October, 2007
  • Alumni Achievement Award for Environmental Planning, University of Redlands, 1989
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, for founding the Big Bear Valley Preserve system, The Nature Conservancy, 1988
  • Certificate of Honor, for six years of service on the San Bernardino County Planning Commission, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, 1988
  • Rare Plant Conservation Award, California Native Plant Society, 1987

Publications, Presentations and Panels

Krantz, Timothy. 2008. "Austria and California—Working Together for Environmental Protection, Trans-Atlantic Research and Development Interchange on Sustainability (TARDIS)," October 27, 2008, Schloss Seggau, Austria.

Krantz, Timothy. 2008. "Toward a Humane Metropolis—Lessons from Austria." Invited speaker, conference hosted by the Lincoln Institute for Sustainable Development, January 24, 2008, Riverside, California.

Krantz, Timothy. 2008. "Pan Hot Springs Meadow Habitat Management Plan." Approved by the Big Bear City Community Services District, July 7, 2008, San Bernardino County, California.

Krantz, Timothy. 2007. "United to Protect the Environment: University of Redlands and Salzburg kick off a summer program on environmental policy." In Bridges, official publication of the Austrian Office of Science and Technology, Vol. 13, April 2007.

Cloern, James (Lead Author); Timothy Krantz (Contributing Author); J. Emmett Duffy (Topic Editor). 2007. “Eutrophication." In Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [Retrieved July 21, 2008].

Krantz, Timothy, and Jesse Seamon. 2007. "The Calimesa Vision—a Multi-use Recreational and Open Space Plan." Prepared for and presented to the City of Calimesa, May 21, 2007, Riverside County, California.

Krantz, Timothy. 2007. "Heritage Oaks Equestrian Community Specific Plan." Approved by the City of Calimesa, August 13, 2007, Riverside County, California.

Krantz, Timothy. 2007. "Mitigating Global Warming." Invited speaker at the California Environmental Quality Act and Climate Change Workshop, March 2, 2007, Irvine, California.

Krantz, Timothy (Lead Author); Brian Black (Topic Editor). 2007. "Lake Cahuilla, United States." In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth October 17, 2006; Last revised March 25, 2007; Retrieved July 21, 2008].

Krantz, Timothy (Lead Author); Brian Black (Topic Editor). 2006. "Salton Sea, California." In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [Published in the Encyclopedia of Earth September 21, 2006; Retrieved July 21, 2008].

Krantz, Timothy. 2005. Featured in the four-time Emmy Award-winning documentary film, "Voices of the Monument," U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs, California.

Krantz, Timothy. 2005. "Salton Sea International Avian Airport: bird band data and their indications of importance of the Salton Sea for migratory birds." Proceedings of the Salton Sea Centennial Symposium, A Salton Sea for the 21st Century: Science, Rehabilitation, Management, March 30-April 1, 2005, San Diego, California.

Krantz, Timothy. 2003. "Salton Sea." Encyclopedia of Water Science, Bobby Alton Stewart and Terry A. Howell, eds. Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1040pp.

Krantz, Timothy. 2003. "Salton Sea: California’s Everglades." A briefing booklet prepared for U.S. Congressional and other elected officials, published by the Salton Sea Authority. 23pp.

Joseph E. Buckles, K. Kashiwase, and T. Krantz. 2002. "Reconstruction of prehistoric Lake Cahuuilla shoreline using GIS and GPS." In Hydrobiologia 473:1-3.

Redlands Institute. 2003. "Interactive Salton Sea CD-Atlas." Timothy Krantz, Sr. Ed. and Program Director. Produced and published by the Redlands Institute, University of Redlands.

Krantz, Timothy, Ed. 2002. "Salton Sea Atlas." ESRI Press. 127pp.

Sculley, Bob, et alus. 2002. "The potential for fugitive dust problems at the Salton Sea if water levels are lowered significantly from current conditions." White paper summary of the Salton Sea Science Office Air Quality Workshop, April 3-4, 2002, La Quinta, California.

Montane Ecological Restoration Group (Krantz and three students). 2001. "Bluff Lake Preserve Habitat Management Plan." Prepared for The Wildlands Conservancy, October 23, 2001. 48pp.

Krantz, T., Buckles, J., and Kashiwase, K. "Reconstruction of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla and Early American settlement patterns in Southeast California using GIS." Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, California, 2000.

Krantz, Timothy. 1997. Chapters: "The pebble plains in Big Bear Valley; Carbonate endemics of the San Bernardino Mountains; and Santa Ana River Wash." California’s Wild Gardens—a Living Legacy, Phyllis Faber, Ed. Published by the California Native Plant Society for the California Department of Fish and Game. 170-175.

Krantz, Timothy. 1994. "A phytogeography of the San Bernardino Mountains," San Bernardino County, California. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California Berkeley. U.M.I. Dissertation Services. 412pp.

Krantz, Timothy. 1988. "Limestone endemics of Big Bear Valley." Fremontia 16(1):20-21.

Krantz, Timothy. 1987. "Island biogeography and preserve design of an insular rare plant community." Conservation and Management of Rare and Endangered Plants, T.J. Elias, ed. 605-614.

Krantz, Timothy. 1983. "The pebble plains of Baldwin Lake."  Fremontia 10(4):9-13.

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In April 2010, it was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Redlands is among just three other colleges or universities in California to receive this designation.

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