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Hollie Smith

Associate Professor of Science and Environmental Communication
Phone: 541-346-0150
Office: 110B Allen Hall
City: Eugene


Dr. Smith joined the public relations faculty in 2018. She is the Associate Director for the Center for Science Communication Research, where she oversees the science communication minor. She teaches public relations and science communication courses at the SOJC. Smith's research focuses on communication and media dynamics of environmental issues. Since coming to the UO, her work has primarily focused on natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, including smoke and wildfire. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Science CommunicationShe has previously served as an Associate Editor for Environmental Communication and a board member of the International Environmental Communication Association. 



PhD, University of Maine, Communication (emphasis in Sustainability Science) // Dissertation: Intersections of Science, Policy, & Media in Sustainability Science

MS, Washington State University, Communication // Thesis: Organizations, Media, & Power in a Multi-Stakeholder Conflict: The Colorado Roadless Rule

BS, Southern Utah University, Public Relations (Magna Cum Laude)



Selected publications:

Santo, A., Huber-Stearns, H., & Smith, H. (2022). Communicating with the public about wildland fire preparation, response, and recovery: A review of recent literature. Applied Environmental Education and Communication

Jacobsen, M., Smith, H., Huber-Stearns, H., Davis, E. J., Cheng, T., & Deak, A. (2021). Comparing social constructions of wildfire risk across media, government, and participatory discourse in a Colorado fireshed. Journal of Risk Research

Willoughby, J. F., & Smith, H. (2016). Communication strategies and new media platforms: Exploring the synergistic potential of health and environmental communication. Science Communication                                                                      

McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., & Silka, L. (2013). Sustainability, boundaries, and communication: Addressing context, strategies, and the complexities of coproduction. Sustainability           

Selected inivited contributions:

Smith, H. (2019). Foreword for Climate Change, Media & Culture: Critical Issues in Global Environmental Communication, eds: P. Prado & Juliet Pinto. Palgrave Press.


J100: Intro to Media Professions

J377: Science of Science Communication

J453: Strategic Planning & Cases (PR)

J480: Environmental Communication Strategies & Case Studies