The most recent research thrust in my group focuses on judgment and decision making regarding natural disasters such as floods and wildfires. We are currently working on a series of experiments, through which we hope to better understand how expert managers make judgments about both the risks from natural disasters, as well as activities that may be undertaken under the umbrella of risk management .  We are also studying the drivers of risk perceptions, as well as preferences for a wide range of risk management activities, from the perspective of at-risk communities (such as home and business owners).

This line of research builds on work undertaken in my group during the mid-2000’s.  For more information see:

Letdowns, wake-up calls, and constructed preferences: People’s responses to fuel and wildfire risks. Click here for more.

Toward Improved Communication about Wildland Fire: Mental Models Research to Identify Information Needs for Natural Resource Management.  Click here for more.

Improving wildfire risk management decisions. Click here for more.