Students

Students

Luye Bao
Department of Life Sciences Communication
lbao6@wisc.edu

Luye Bao is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luye’s research interests focus on public and scientists’ views on controversial science issues and public engagement with science.

 

Becca Beets
Department of Life Sciences Communication
becca.beets@wisc.edu

Becca Beets is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Becca is interested in the connections between science communication, risk perception, and public policy. Specifically, how communication around emerging and controversial areas of science can be adapted for different stakeholders to improve policy outcomes.

 

Mikhaila Calice
Department of Life Sciences Communication
mcalice@wisc.edu

Mikhaila Calice is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mikhaila’s research interests include risk, political communication, and public deliberation, specifically regarding topics and technologies related to U.S. energy policy. She is particularly interested in how controversial science issues related to climate change and the energy transition are communicated to the public and policy-makers.

 

Jocelyn Cao
Department of Life Sciences Communication
jcao74@wisc.edu

Jocelyn Cao is a master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jocelyn is interested in environmental and public health communication; with a focus on water-related risk communication.

 

Ashley Cate
Department of Life Sciences Communication
acate@wisc.edu

Ashley Cate is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ashley’s research interests lie in agricultural communication; specifically, public and stakeholder perceptions of agriculture and how they might inform and impact agricultural policy.

 

Thomas Jilk
Department of Life Sciences Communication
tjilk2@wisc.edu

Thomas Jilk is a master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thomas is interested in environmental communication and science writing for the public, with a focus on communicating the impacts of, and potential solutions to, climate change.

 

Nicole Krause

Department of Life Sciences Communication
nmkrause@wisc.edu

Nicole Krause is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nicole is interested in science, risk, and political communication, with a particular interest in controversial issues and the politicization of science. She is also interested in public perceptions of risks facing the Great Lakes, especially among Wisconsin residents.

 

Lindsey Middleton

Department of Life Sciences Communication
lmiddleton3@wisc.edu

Lindsey Middleton is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lindsey is interested in science, health, and technology communication, with a focus on interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and digital mediated communication.

 

Amanda Molder
Department of Life Sciences Communication
amolder@wisc.edu

Amanda L. Molder is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amanda’s research examines the intersections between environmental and science communication, social media, and social movements. Specifically, she is interested in how science topics are visualized on social media and within film, and how people communicate, organize, and motivate action on environmental issues like climate change.

 

Grace Novak
Department of Life Sciences Communication
gvnovak@wisc.edu

Grace Novak is an undergraduate student in the Department of Genetics and Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grace’s research interests include topics related to risk communication and the politicization of science on social media.

 

Helen Tosteson
Department of Life Sciences Communication
htosteson@wisc.edu

Helen Tosteson is a master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Helen’s research interests include public health and risk communication, with a focus on social media, the polarization of science, and issues in reproductive health.

 

Brianna Van Matre
Department of Life Sciences Communication
bvanmatre@wisc.edu

Brianna Van Matre is a master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brianna is interested in social marketing, visual communication, and persuasion, focusing on environmental topics such as climate change, natural resource use, and conservation.

 

Isabel Villanueva
Department of Life Sciences Communication
ivillanueva@wisc.edu

Isabel Villanueva is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Isabel’s research interests lie in environmental and science communication and social media, with an emphasis on the politicization of science.

 

Shiyu Yang
Department of Life Sciences Communication
syang364@wisc.edu

Shiyu Yang is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shiyu’s research interests center on risk and science communication. Specifically, she is interested in studying how people use information to make judgments about various health, environmental, and technological risks, and the underlying cognitive and affective processes that shape individuals’ risk perception and risk-related decision-making and behaviors.