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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
My recent work focuses on risk and emergency communication in coastal areas, including tourist destinations, that are affected by severe weather conditions and potential problems related to environmental concerns such as climate change and oil spills. Effective communication helps communities prepare for and cope with emergencies, disasters, and environmental change such as sea level rise. I have also worked on communication issues related to the accessibility of built environments and the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the goal of improving information about the need for spaces that accommodate all people.
As a technical communicator and rhetorician, my research interests have always reflected in interest in the way that people communicate about and negotiate the challenges of inhabiting places and spaces. I'm primarily concerned with the dynamics of communication at the intersections of public and individual decision making, expert and non-expert interpretation of information, and the ways that the presentation of information helps or hinders understanding. I investigate cross-disciplinary negotiations of related texts and genres in various media and contexts.