I am a geographer trained in the cognitive and social psychology of risk perception and decision making. My research is strongly interdisciplinary and seeks to understand the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that shape human environmental perception, decision making and behavior.
Much of my research examines how human decision makers (individuals, groups and entire societies) perceive climate change risks, what mitigation and adaptation policies they support or oppose, and what actions they have or are willing to take to address this risk. Current projects include:
a) Climate Change in the American Mind Numerous national survey studies on American risk perceptions, policy preferences and behaviors regarding global climate change.
b) International Public Opinion on Climate Change I am currently conducting a national survey on climate change, energy, and sustainability in India. We have also conducted research in collaboration with researchers in China, Israel, Spain, Canada, Malta, and the UK. I also work with the Gallup World Poll - an annual global survey conducted in 120+ countries representing 95% of the world’s population.
c) The Future is Now: Climate Change Detection, Attribution and Adaptation in Alaska Alaska (and the rest of the Arctic) has warmed approximately twice the global average. As a result, Alaska is already experiencing significant climate impacts. This project examines how Alaskans are responding, including a collaborative project with four Inupiaq Eskimo communities in northwest Alaska to assess regional vulnerability to sea level rise and coastal erosion.
d) The Roper / Yale Environment Poll An occasional national survey conducted in collaboration with Gfk Roper on Americans’ environmental attitudes and behavior.