First Place Winner of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Graduate Research Symposium:
Tricia has been a student under Professor Robert Futrell, and has worked under the Nevada EPSCoR Climate Change project as a graduate research assistant with the Policy and Outreach component for the past two and a half years. Currently, Tricia is writing her dissertation about conservative perspectives on climate change solutions and adaptation, concentrating on the communication of climate policy to stakeholders in Nevada. As part of her studies, Tricia spent a month in rural Nevada, specifically in Churchill County, communicating with residents and landowners about the prospects of inviting large, utility scale renewable energy projects in their area. “Churchill County residents do not see climate change as a threat. Policies that hope to increase clean energy production that would stabilize the climate are seen are too costly with few benefits. Climate literacy efforts to educate people about climate and proposed solutions are perceived as politically motivated efforts by outsiders, “she explains. “Based on my interview results, the best approach should include a pragmatic economic solution that communicates solutions that have benefits beyond climate stabilization. I would suggest the best way to de-politicize the issue would be to communicate through trade magazines to garner support for climate-policies that benefit multiple interests.”
Tricia is busy working on finishing her dissertation, writing articles on climate change, and graduating this December. Not only is she a busy student, Tricia and her husband are expecting their first child at the end of August!