PhD candidate in Journalism & Mass Communication, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina. My research is influenced by my background as a newspaper reporter and later the editorial director for Oceana, an international environmental NGO. While at Oceana, I co-authored "The Perfect Protein: The Fish Lover's Guide to Saving the Oceans and Feeding the World," with Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless.

I'm currently working on my dissertation, which explores climate change communication in the developing world context, specifically the Philippines. It's a multi-method project that draws on media sociology and theories of networked society.

I'm interested in environmental and science communication broadly across media formats and through different actors, including activists, journalists, and the public. I am open-minded in my approach to research and love collaboration. I'm just as comfortable interviewing Filipino reporters about climate journalism as I am conducting a quantitative study of NGO messaging penetration on Twitter, or partnering with a health communication scholar to run experiments on the effects of Shark Week on viewers' perceptions about marine conservation. I feel the world of environmental communication is too big to restrict my interests to any little narrow niche (for now!).


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    PhD candidate in Communications, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill