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Amanda E Cravens

Scientist
Social Science
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands

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.

Research Interest

decision support collaborative learning environmental decision making policy analysis

Publications

  • Environmental behavior's dirty secret: The prevalence of waste management in discussions of environmental concern and action Gould, 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/s00267-016-0710-6

  • From the ground down: Understanding the groundwater data collection and sharing practices of local groundwater management... 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-practices

  • Negotiating credibility and legitimacy in the shadow of an authoritative data source Cravens, 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.

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