Laura N. Rickard, Ph.D.
Department of Communication and Journalism
428 Dunn Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
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Laura Rickard is an Assistant Professor of Risk Communication. Whether focusing on how audiences seek information, perceive risk, communicate about scientific issues, or attribute responsibility, her work has broad application to organizational risk and environmental management. Drawing from sociology, social psychology, and natural resource management, her research is highly interdisciplinary. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods, such as surveys, experiments, and interviews, to explore complex, applied communication questions, often with policy implications. Her current research focuses on attribution of responsibility for public safety in national parks, communicating about the intersection of ecological, human, and animal health (i.e., the “One Health” concept), and strategic communication about global climate change.
Dr. Rickard is a Cooperating Faculty Member with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.
Dr. Rickard’s work appears in such journals as Risk Analysis, Public Understanding of Science, Global Environmental Change, and Environmental Communication, and she teaches courses in risk communication and communication methods. Laura is also a member of the social science team of UMaine’s National Science Foundation $20 million, 5-year EPSCoR project, Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), and will be studying the human dimensions of aquaculture development in Maine. She received a Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University.