Researchers

Primary Investigators


Leilani Arthurs (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)

Dr. Arthurs’s primary area of research is in the area of geocognition, how people perceive and understand Earth processes and phenomena. Her research revolves around the cognitive, affective, and kinesthetic domains of learning as they apply to learning about Earth and its processes.
 

Jeffrey R. Stevens (Psychology)

Dr. Stevens' research background has focused on decision making in animals, such as primates and birds, and is expanding to humans. A research interest that he and Leilani Arthurs are currently pursuing deals with human intertemporal decision making and risky behavior in an environmental context.

Affiliated faculty


Changbum Ahn (Architectural Engineering and Construction)

Dr. Ahn's research interests include activity recognition of construction equipment and workers using sensing technologies, simulation to estimate the environmental sustainability of construction, and life-cycle assessment of civil infrastructure system.
 

Brian Bornstein (Psychology)

Dr. Bornstein's research efforts focus on legal decision making, especially jurors’ decisions and eyewitness testimony. He also does research on questions dealing with natural resources and the environment, such as attitudes about scarce natural resources and the institutions that regulate them. Other interests include procedural and distributive justice.
 

Mark Burbach (Natural Resources)

Dr. Burbach’s research interests include multi-level analyses of leadership, predictors of pro-environmental behavior, and the scholarship of teaching. He is also interested in farmer motivations.
 

Beth Doll (Education and Human Sciences)

Dr. Doll is an educational psychologist. Through her research, she investigates how classroom and school environments contribute to students’ wellbeing, health, and attitudes.
 

David Gosselin (Natural Resources)

Dr. Gosselin is interested in undergraduate education, how people learn, motivators and behaviors.
 

John Hibbing (Political Science)

Dr. Hibbing studies the manner in which biological variation mitigates the way in which individuals respond to politically relevant environmental occurrences.
 

Elizabeth Lewis (Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education)

Dr. Lewis conducts research on science teacher education and professional development. She is interested in understanding how science teachers’ instructional practices change over time. In addition, she has a strong interest in K-12 Earth & space science education, standards, assessment, and policy decisions.
 

Gary Lynne (Agricultural Economics)

Dr. Lynne's research interests deal with economic psychology as it applies to farmers’ conservation practices and what drives their water conservation behaviors. He is interested in the relative role of individual self-interest as tempered by the shared interest in the outcomes from conservation policy.
 

Lisa Pytlik Zillig (Public Policy Center)

Dr. Pytlik Zillig's areas of interest focus on conflict resolution, including its overlap with the study of affect regulation, critical thinking, motivation, prosocial behavior, public participation, trust, technology.
 

Lisa Pennisi (Natural Resources)

Dr. Pennisi uses social science to research ways to reduce human impacts on natural resources and to improve natural resource management. She measures and explores how to influence conservation behavior through knowledge, attitudes, values, and connection to nature.
 

Crystal Powers (Extension Biological Systems Engineering)

Powers works with extension and extension educators; therefore, she is interested communication strategies that help to inform decision making around air, water, and climate issues. She is also interested in what it takes to maintain trust and in developing decision-making tools.
 

Frank Rack (Earth and Atmospheric Science)

Dr. Rack is interested in effective ways to translate ANDRILL findings for public consumption. ANDRILL runs many outreach and teacher professional development activities, and he is now researching the impacts that they have on student learning and teacher development.
 

Kevin Smith (Political Science)

Dr. Smith’s current research is in the area of empirical biopolitics. His research revolves around the question, why are people liberal or conservative? He is interested in biological systems that form attitudes and behaviors.
 

Alan Tomkins (Public Policy Center)

Among Dr. Tomkin’s research interests are how to engage the public, science communication and education with adults, how to build trust and confidence between the public and scientists, and the role behavioral compliance plays.
 

Julia Torquati (Child, Youth, and Family Studies)

Dr. Torquati does research in the area of environmental education, specifically in the areas of teacher education, children’s understanding of concepts about nature, and children’s moral reasoning about nature and humans.