About Me

I am a Research Scientist in the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE) at NCAR. A geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University), my research over the last ten years has focused on the human dimensions of global change and environmental hazards, especially in U.S. coastal areas. I have researched the uncertainties in the human dimensions of global change (causes, vulnerability, impacts, and adaptive responses), and conducted studies on climate change impacts on coastal areas and human health.

During a post-doc at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in the Global Environmental Assessment project, which examined the role and influence of science and assessments in policy and decision-making, I became particularly interested in the science-policy interface. I also worked for the Heinz Center in Washington, DC on a congressionally mandated project on coastal erosion and management.

From 1999-2003, I was the staff scientist for climate change for the Union of Concerned Scientists, managing climate change impacts projects and working in the trenches of effective climate change communication and social mobilization for change.

Since September 2003 I am back in the world of research. My major research foci now are: (1) effective climate change communication and social change; (2) science–policy/practice interactions, including the involvement of stakeholders; and (3) coastal impacts of climate change and effective adaptation strategies.

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