I am a professor in the College of Business at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. I teach courses in sustainable business strategy, public relations, communication, and social responsibility. I am the founder and coordinator of the Northern Climate Network and serve on the Marquette Climate Adaptation Task Force and the  Michigan Energy Options board of directors. 

Before moving back to the Upper Peninsula, I was an assistant professor (2007-2012) in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department at Colorado State University. I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in environmental communication at the University of Utah (2007) and I earned my bachelor's degree at Northern Michigan University (2001). I am also a trained facilitator and I have a graduate certificate in Adaptive Management of Environmental Systems from the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah. In April 2020, I earned a graduate certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard University. 

In 2008, I published my first book, Interdisciplinary Research Team Dynamics: A Systems Approach to Understanding Communication and Collaboration in Complex Teams. My second book, an edited collection of chapters and case studies about place-based learning in America's National Parks (University of California Press) recently (2020) was awarded the Silver Book Award by the National Nonfiction Association.  My co-editor, Dr. Ana Houseal and I also won the 2020 Stewart L. Udall Award from the Western National Parks Association. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainability & Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation Planning 
  • Interdisciplinarity & Interdisciplinary Team Dynamics
  • Organizational Communication
  • Environmental Conflict Management
  • Group Decision Making
  • Strategic Communication & Planning
  • Science Communication
  • New Media Literacy

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