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Adam Zwickle, PhD

Assistant Professor

2014 PhD, Ohio State University
2003 BA, University of Nebraska


Adam Zwickle holds a joint appointment with the School of Criminal Justice and the Environmental Science and Policy Program.  Adam conducts interdisciplinary social science research centered on communicating environmental risks and encouraging sustainable behaviors.  Drawing from the fields of social psychology and risk communication, his work integrates theories of individual perception and message framing to aide communication practitioners.  Specifically, his goal is to better communicate environmental risks in ways that reduce the amount that their long term impacts are discounted.  He is also active in sustainability issues at the university level.  He has worked with colleagues to develop a valid assessment of sustainability knowledge targeted at undergraduate students, partnered with university sustainability offices to increase conservation behaviors among students, and believes in using campuses as living laboratories to produce both theoretical and practical research as well as tangible local impacts.


Assessing Sustainability Knowledge of a Student Population: Developing a Tool to Measure Knowledge in the Environmental, Economic, and Social Domains

Year: 2014 Authors: Zwickle, A., Koontz, T., Slagle, K., and Bruskotter, J. Journal: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

Construing Risk In J. Arvai & L. Rivers (eds.) Effective Risk Communication

Year: 2013 Authors: Zwickle, A. and Wilson, R.S. Publisher: Routledge


The Human Dimensions of Environmental Degradation and Ecosystem Services: Understanding and Solving the Commons Dilemma In R. Lal, K. Lorenz, R.F. Huttl, B.U. Schneider, and J. von Braun (eds.) Ecosystem Services and Carbon Sequestration in the Biosphere

Year: 2013 Authors: Singh, A., Wilson, R.S., Bruskotter, J., Brooks, J., Zwickle, A., and Toman, E. Publisher: Springer

Understanding Student Environmental Interests When Designing Multidisciplinary Curriculum In L. Johnston (ed.) Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, challenges, and opportunities from across the curriculum

Year: 2012 Authors: Wilson, R.S., Hitzhusen, G., Bruskotter, J., and Zwickle, A. Publisher: Routledge