Civic Science Postdoctoral Fellow 

UW-Madison Dept. of Life Sciences Communication


I am creating programming for learning and research-based collaborations in communication and engagement across complex science, health, environment, and policy issues, for the Civic Science Fellows Program:

This work is funded by and involves partnering with the Rita Allen Foundation and Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, in collaboration with the Kavli Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

CollaboratorNSF-funded project connecting research to film-making  

With partners at the film production company Wonder Collaborative, we recently received National Science Foundation support for our project “Collaborative Research: A new model for producing science documentaries: Building collaborations between scientists and storytellers to test methods of communication in film” (Award # AISL-2006010; PIs: Sarah Goodwin & Dietram Scheufele), $500,000.  We're using an iterative research process in film production and design to experiment with ways of communicating complex science & social issues with diverse audiences.


I research public opinion, communication, and policy-making on science- and risk-related issues.  My focus is on controversial and emerging issues, including the current pandemic, artificial intelligence, biotechnology (synthetic biology, genetically modified organisms, and human gene editing), energy technology and systems (fracking, conventional oil & gas development, and renewable energy), and online and social media platforms. 

The motivation driving my work is figuring out how we can better share information and reach decisions across value divisions and diverse interests.  This includes reducing polarization and misinformation and improving representation of diverse citizens in decision-making.  I am currently the Civic Science Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication and the Rita Allen Foundation.  I'm originally from and currently based in Missoula, Montana.

M.S., 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Environment & Resources

Certificate in Energy Analysis & Policy

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

B.A., 2013

Harvard University

​History of Science

Secondary concentration in 

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Ph.D., 2019

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science & Risk Communication

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, & Department of Life Sciences Communication