Amanda E Cravens, Ph.D.

Biography

Amanda Cravens is a Research Social Scientist at the Fort Collins Science Center. Her interdisciplinary research interests include the translation of scientific information into decision making, policies and institutions that influence environmental management, and understanding the cognitive and social processes that make decision support tools work effectively. Her disciplinary training includes geography, law/institutional analysis, and the learning sciences. Her research spans resource areas, with recent and current projects focusing on coastal and marine spatial planning, the role of technical information in groundwater management, and human dimensions of ecological drought. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Prior to joining USGS, she was a postdoctoral Early Career Fellow at Stanford Law School. She was a Mendenhall Fellow at the Fort Collins Science Center and North Central Climate Science Center from 2015-2017.

Education

  • Ph.D. Environment and Resources, Stanford University, 2014
  • M.A. Geography, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), 2008
  • B.A. History, Swarthmore College, 2004

Professional Experience

  • Research Social Scientist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO (2017-present)
  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow (Social Science), USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO (2015-2017)
  • Early Career Fellow, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA (2014-2015)
  • Dachs Fellow, Stanford Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2009-2014)
  • Information Architect and Web Editor, SustainAbility Ltd, London UK (2008-2009)
  • Fulbright Graduate Fellow (New Zealand) (2006-2008)
  • Internet Coordinator, Resources for the Future, Washington DC (2005-2007)

Affiliations

  • North Central Climate Science Center, Fort Collins, CO (2015 to present)