Hollie Smith

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  • Title: Assistant Professor of Science and Environmental Communication
  • Phone: 541-346-0150
  • Office: 131 Franklin Bldg.
  • City: Eugene
  • Affiliated Departments: SOJC
  • Interests: Science journalism, natural hazards communication, environmental communication


Dr. Smith is an applied social science researcher whose work focuses on communication dimensions of science and environmental issues. Her work has looked at communication and media dynamics on issues of federal forest policy, water contamination, climate change, and alternative energy transitions. She also specializes in evaluations of science trainings for journalists and communication trainings for scientists. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, United States Geological Survey, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. 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.



PhD, University of Maine, Communication & Sustainability // Dissertation: Intersections of Science, Policy, & Media in Sustainability Science: A Mixed Methods State Analysis

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

BS, Southern Utah University, Communication (Magna Cum Laude)



Selected publications:

Gilbert, C., Smith, H., Smythe, T., Bidwell, D., Moore, A., McCann, J., & Miller, E. (2019) Gatekeeping and communities in energy transition: A study of the Block Island Wind Farm. Environmental Communication, 13(8), 1041-1052.

Smith, H., Bidwell, A., Moore, A., Smythe, T., & McCann, J. ( 2018). The social dynamics of turbine tourism: Introducing a mixed-methods approach to the study of the United States’ first offshore wind farm. Energy Research & Social Science, 45, 307-317.

Smith, H., Menezes, S., & Gilbert, C. (2017). Science training & environmental journalism today: Effects of science journalism training for midcareer professionals. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 17(2), 161-173.        

Smith, H., Smith, J., Lindenfeld, L., Silka, L., & Gilbert, C. (2016). Media and policy in a complex adaptive system: An analysis of wind energy legislation. Energy Research & Social Science, 19, 53-60.                                                                    

Willoughby, J. F., & Smith, H. (2016). Communication strategies and new media platforms: Exploring the synergistic potential of health and environmental communication. Science Communication, 1-10                                   

Smith, H., Suldovsky, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2016). Mass communication research in sustainability science: Moving toward an engaged approach to address society’s sustainability dilemma. Mass Communication & Society, 19(5), 548-565.                                

Smith, H., Suldovsky, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2016). Science & policy: Scientific expertise and individual participation in boundary management. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44(1), 78-95.                                                                   

Meyer, S., Levesque, V., Johnson, M., McGreavy, B., Dreyer, S., Bieluch, K., & Smith, H. (2015). Sustainability science graduate students as boundary spanners. Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(2), 344-353.                                                                      

Smith, H., & Lindenfeld, L. (2014). Integrating media studies of climate change into transdisciplinary research: Which direction should we be heading? Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature & Culture, 8(2), 179-196.                      

Smith, H., & Norton, T. (2014). That’s why I call it a task farce: Organizations in participatory processes. Environmental Communication, 7(4), 456-474.

Lindenfeld, L., Smith, H., Norton, T., & Grecu, N. (2014). Risk communication & sustainability science: Lessons from the field. Sustainability Science, 9, 119-127.                                                                                          

Smith, H., & Norton, T. (2013). Environmental groups on par with government sources. Newspaper Research Journal, 34(1), 50-61.       

McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., & Silka, L. (2013). Sustainability, boundaries, and communication: Addressing context, strategies, and the complexities of coproduction. Sustainability, 5(10), 4195-4221.               

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.

Smith, H., & McGreavy, B. (2018). Editorial: Science and environmental journalism: Trends, boundaries, and opportunities for a rapidly evolving industry. Frontiers in Communication.


Selected funding:

Smith, H. (2020). $30,000 (2019-2020). Assessing the Impact of Science Training for Communication Professionals. American Association for the Advancement of Science, SciLine.

Menezes, S., & Smith, H. (2019-2020). $75,000. Inclusive SciComm Symposium 2019: Building Knowledge and Collaborations Among Science Communication Practitioners and Researchers to Foster Inclusive Public Engagement with STEM. National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program.

Huber-Stearns, H., & Smith, H. (2019-2020). $50,000. Smoke, Sediment, and Science Communication: Redefining scope and scale of wildfire hazard and risk management. University of Oregon Resilience Initiative.

McCann, J., Bidwell, D., Moore, A., Smith, H., & Smythe, T. (2016-2018). $314,300. Analysis of the Effects of the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) on Rhode Island Recreation and Tourism Activities. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, United States Department of the Interior.

Smith, H. (2015-2016). $14,074. Media Coverage of Environmental Events: Understanding What Works in Scientific Training Programs for Journalists. University of Rhode Island Division of Research & Economic Development and URI Council for Research, Faculty Career Enhancement Proposal.