Welcome, Jamie!

Welcome to the lab, Jamie Allen! Jamie recently joined SENR as a PhD student. She is also a trainee in the NSF-funded EmPOWERment NRT Program at OSU, an interdisciplinary graduate education program topically centered on sustainable energy. Jamie is from Virginia, having completed her BS at Virginia Tech with a major in psychology and minors in Environmental Policy and Music Performance. She is interested in applying social norms and interpersonal communication to sustainable consumption contexts. Off campus, she can be found in a pottery studio, sailing, playing her instruments, or doing yoga. We are happy to have Jamie in the lab!

Welcome, Sam!

Welcome to the lab, Samantha Mertens! Sam recently joined SENR as a PhD student all the way from San Diego, CA where she graduated from Cal State San Marcos with her MS in psychology. Her work focuses on applying social influence approaches to the design, implementation, and evaluation of residential recycling. She has a wealth of field research experience, having worked on projects in a variety of pro-environmental domains, such as water, energy, and zoo-based conservation. When not pursuing her scholarly interests, Sam enjoys visiting zoos, aquariums, and museums, and hiking. She is working on the Empowering consumers to increase recycling project. We are delighted to have you, Sam!

Welcome, Logan!

We are delighted to welcome Logan Hobbs to the lab, who recently joined SENR as an MS student. Logan hails from Peoria, IL, where he recently graduated from Eureka College with his BS in psychology. Logan’s scholarly interests include pro-environmental behavior spillover and examining the effects of blue/green spaces on mental health. He is working on the Let’s Talk About It project. He is also an ultimate frisbee champion and a plant aficionado. Welcome, Logan!

Kristin and Nicole – live Q&A tomorrow for APA 2020 virtual conference!

Kristin and Nicole will be participating in a live Q&A session tomorrow @1-1:30 eastern as part of APA Division 34’s interactive programming. Kristin will be discussing new work on the role of experienced vs. anticipated pride and guilt in promoting pro-environmental outcomes. Nicole will be presenting results from the Let’s Talk About It project.

See below for details on how to register– it is free to join the Q&A session.

Congrats, Stephen!

We are thrilled to share that lab alumnus, Stephen Mattson, recently accepted a job as an assistant high school band director in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee (he was a music education major at OSU 🙂 ). On top of the job itself, one exciting added perk relevant to the environmental field is that he will get to co-lead the high school’s environmental club! Way to go Stephen- living the dream! We look forward to hearing about your achievements over the years to come.

Kristin presenting at ISSRM

Kristin Hurst is presenting this week at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management 2020! Her talk, “The influence of environmentally-focused conversations on pro-environmental behavior”, uses data from the Energy Interactions project to investigate the effects of conversations and conversational dynamics on pro-environmental behavior. Originally scheduled to take place in Cairns, Australia, the conference has gone virtual due to COVID-19. Kristin will be holding a Q&A session about her presentation tomorrow (7/15) morning.


New paper on partisan politics of EV adoption

Hot off the presses! A new paper from the lab compares Democrats and Republicans on willingness to adopt electric vehicles. Spoiler alert: Democrats are more likely to adopt EVs. The paper also examines identity-linked mechanisms that help explain this difference.

Congratulations to our graduates!

Congratulations to McKenzie and Stephen on their graduation from OSU! We are so proud of you and all that you have achieved. We look forward to watching your careers unfold, and hearing about all your successes in the future. Although we’re sad that we were unable to celebrate this huge milestone in person, the lab virtual celebration was a blast. Cheers to both of you 🙂


Congrats, Stephen!

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Congratulations to Stephen, who passed his research distinction thesis defense today! His project examined the effectiveness of a Meatless Monday intervention on meat consumption on Mondays and beyond. He blew the committee away with a dazzling presentation. Nice work, Stephen!

Welcome, Nilly!

Congratulations to Atar and Yuvi Herziger on the arrival of their daughter, Nilly! Welcome to the world, young scholar.