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Associate Professor of Environmental Decision-Making, UMass Amherst

I’m interested in uncovering the underlying psychological, social and contextual factors that influence individual and collective environmental decision-making. Understanding what drives the conservation- and sustainability-related actions people take can help inform strategies, programs, interventions and policies designed to improve both environmental conservation and human well-being. I primarily use methods and theory from the behavioral and communication sciences to reveal how individuals and communities make environmentally-relevant decisions, often in the face of conflicting priorities and significant tradeoffs. My research, teaching and practice all aim to develop and highlight the insights that behavioral science has to offer in promoting positive environmental and societal outcomes.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2014–2019
    Assistant professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2012–2014
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Princeton University
  • 2013–2014
    Earth Institute research fellow, Columbia University


  • 2012 
    University of Oregon, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Oregon, MS
  • 2007 
    Vassar College, BA