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Nicole M. Ardoin
Assistant Professor, School of Education
Center Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Clayman Institute Faculty Voice and Influence Fellow, 2011-2012

Nicole Ardoin holds a joint appointment with the School of Education and the Woods Institute. Her research focuses on motivations for environmental behavior, with a recent emphasis on the links among sense of place, geographic scale, and environmental behavior.  She examines environmental issues and behaviors through a social science lens, most often using theories informed by sociological and anthropological perspectives.  Ardoin researches the use of social strategies -- such as education, communications, and social marketing -- by non-governmental organizations to engage individuals and communities in decision-making related to natural resource management.  Nicole Ardoin works in the area of visitor studies and environmental education program evaluation in settings including environmental education centers, parks, natural history museums, zoos, and aquariums.  Nicole Ardoin has active research studies examining the use of nature-based tourism as a motivator for environmental behavior; informal institutions as hubs of environmental learning in the Bay Area; and the links among sense of place and place-protective behavior.  Nicole received her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.