Amanda Cravens is a Research Social Scientist at the Fort Collins Science Center.
Amanda's 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. Amanda's disciplinary training includes geography, policy/institutional analysis, and the learning sciences. Her research spans resource areas, with recent and current projects focusing on decision support for coastal hazards, human dimensions of ecological drought, socioeconomic aspects of water availability, and land manager decision making in the face of ecological transformation. She is also very interested in the practice of interdisciplinary science and has served as a member of multiple working groups as well as published on the role of creativity in science.
Ph.D. Environment and Resources, Stanford University, 2014
M.A. Geography, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand), 2008
B.A. History, Swarthmore College, 2004
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)
North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, Fort Collins, CO (2015 to present)
Science and Products
Science and Products
Pre-USGS PublicationsA. R. Siders, C.M. Brook,, A.E. Cravens, R.L. Nelson, D.R. Reineman & N. Ulibarri. "How to beat isolation? Academic feedback groups fit the bill, and promote growth as scholars and humans." Nature 582, 597-598 (2020), doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-01432-3Cravens, A. E., and N. M. Ardoin. 2016. Negotiating credibility and legitimacy in the shadow of an authoritative data source. Ecology and Society 21(4):30.Moran, T., Cravens, A., Martinez, J., and Szeptycki, L. 2016. From the ground down: Understanding the groundwater data collection and sharing practices of local groundwater management agencies in California. Stanford, CA: Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. https://woods.stanford.edu/publications/ground-down-understanding-local-groundwater-data-collection-and-sharing-practicesGould, R., Ardoin, N.M., Biggar, M., Cravens, A.E., and Wojcik, D. 2016. Environmental behavior's dirty secret: The prevalence of waste management in discussions of environmental concern and action. Environmental Management. 58(2), 268–282. doi:10.1007/s00267-016-0710-6Cravens, A.E. 2015. Negotiation and decision making with collaborative software: How the geospatial decision support tool MarineMap ‘changed the game’ in California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Environmental Management. 57(2), 474-497. doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0615-9Moran, T. and Cravens, A. 2015. California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014: Recommendations for preventing and resolving groundwater conflicts. Stanford, CA: Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. http://waterinthewest.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/SGMA_RecommendationsforGWConflicts_2.pdfCravens, A.E. 2014. Needs before tools: Using technology in environmental conflict resolution. Conflict Resolution Quarterly 32(1), 3–32. doi: 10.1002/crq.21071.Cravens, A.E., Ulibarri, N., Cornelius, M., Royalty, A., and Nabergoj, A.S. 2014. Reflecting, iterating, and tolerating ambiguity: Highlighting the creative process of scientific and scholarly research for doctoral education. International Journal of Doctoral Studies 9, 229–247. http://ijds.org/Volume9/IJDSv9p229-247Cravens0637.pdfUlibarri, N., Cravens, A.E., Cornelius, M., Royalty, A., and Nabergoj, A.S. 2014. Research as design: Developing creative confidence in doctoral students through design thinking. International Journal of Doctoral Studies 9, 249–270. http://ijds.org/Volume9/IJDSv9p249-270Ulibarri0676.pdfJ.N. Kittinger, J.Z. Koehn, E. Le Cornu, N.C. Ban, M.H. Armsby, X. Basurto, C. Brooks, M.H. Carr, J.E. Cinner, A. Cravens, M. D’Iorio, A.L. Erickson, E.M. Finkbeiner, M.M. Foley, R. Fujita, S. Gelcich, M. Gopnik, L. Hazen, M. Lopuch, K. St. Martin, E.E. Prahler, D.R. Reineman, J. Shackeroff, C. White, M.R. Caldwell, L.B. Crowder. 2014. Putting people into ocean planning: a framework for incorporating social data. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(8), 448-456. doi:10.1890/130267.