I study and teach communication to help people work together to solve complex problems.
I believe that communication plays an important role in addressing large scale environmental problems, such as global climate change. Drawing from theories in organizational communication, science and technology studies, and science and environmental communication, my research primarily focuses on interactions amongst people, teams, organizations, and the processes that enable or constrain the movement of information across different contexts and settings.
With a background in rural development, natural resource management, and sustainability science, I focus primarily on communication in the context of complex environmental problems, such as global climate change and rapid change in the snow and ice dominated systems of Alaska and the Arctic. My research areas include news professionals’ climate change reporting, the co-production of climate science, visualizing the effects of climate change, and the interdisciplinary nature of the environmental communication discipline.
I am currently a PhD candidate in science communication at George Mason University and work with the Center for Climate Change Communication. My dissertation investigates how the Fourth National Climate Assessment was framed in the US news media and how the framing of the report changed as different quoted sources entered the news cycle.
Starting in fall 2020, I will be a postdoctoral researcher with the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I am also a faculty fellow with the Climate Scholars Program in the Honors College at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
I completed an interdisciplinary MSc degree in Science Communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I was part of the Resilience and Adaptation Program. I also received a BA in Rural Development, with an emphasis on Land, Resources, and Environmental Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Outside of the time pursuing my education, I spent a decade working as a communications professional, helping university researchers, non-profit organizations, and government agencies communicate science with a variety of audiences. Having a foot in both worlds, I know communication researchers and practitioners have a lot to learn from each other, and in my work, I aim to bridge the gaps between science communication research and practice.
I am fortunate to live and work on the traditional homelands of the Lower Tanana Dené people. I recognize and appreciate their past and present stewardship and care for these lands.