Skip to content


Dr. Smith is an applied social science researcher interested in communication dimensions of science and environmental issues. She currently serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Science Communication Research. Her research has examined communication and media dynamics on issues of wildfire, forest policy, water contamination, climate change, and alternative energy transitions. Since coming to the UO in 2018, her work has largely focused on natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, including smoke and wildfire. She has served as an Associate Editor for Environmental Communication and a board member for the International Environmental Communication Association. Prior to joining the Center for Science Communication Research, Smith was an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in the Harrington School of Communication and Media and the Department of Marine Affairs.