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Carrico, Amanda R.

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research overview

  • Amanda Carrico is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. Her research and teaching falls at the intersection of the environmental and behavioral sciences. She uses mixed methods to examine behavioral responses to environmental stress, with special attention to how responses contribute to resilience and for whom. In a second line of work, she examines the social and psychological conditions that lead to the voluntary adoption of pro-environmental action.


  • environmental psychology, environmental decision making and behavior, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, demand side management


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courses taught

  • ENVS 3031 - Environmental Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2024
    Examines how people interact with the environment by examining theories and methods from Environmental Psychology. How does nature impact human well-being? How do people make decisions that have environmental consequences? How can we promote behavior change to reduce environmental degradation? Fulfills intermediate social science requirement for ENVS major.
  • ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum: offered depending on student demand and specialties of faculty. Applied to specialization requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 4850 - ENVS Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    To be taken in final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Department enforced restriction: Requires a minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared ENVS major and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • ENVS 5004 - Research Design in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Offers a conceptual understanding of the diverse methodological traditions used in empirical environmental research, when and why methods are deployed, and their relative strengths and weaknesses. Designed for students pursuing interdisciplinary environmental careers or those looking for a broad foundation prior to specializing. Emphasizes foundational research skills of developing a research question, scientific writing, interdisciplinary collaborations, and science communication. Formerly offered as a special topics course.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 5120 - Topics in Quantitative Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Covers a wide range of quantitative methods used in policy research and their applications. Topics may include decision-making under uncertainty, fundamentals of microeconomics, mathematics of economic efficiency, cost-benefit analysis, system optimization, budgeting, fundamentals or probability, risk assessment, risk perception, risk communication, and decision analysis. Includes practical exercises, as well as readings and discussion, of various strengths and weaknesses of the different methods.
  • ENVS 5510 - Environmental Studies Colloquia Series
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    All first year ENVS graduate students are required to attend the ENVS Colloquia Series. Speakers from around the world and within the department cover topics in all areas of Environmental Studies. May be repeated up to 2 total credit hours.
  • ENVS 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024


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