Dr. Anderson's research examines the role of communication in how people form opinions about and engage with scientific and environmental issues. Some of her recent work examines communication around extreme weather events, such as flooding and heat waves, as it relates to opinion formation around climate change.

She often studies these issues in the context of conversations that happen online. For instance, she has investigated how the phenomenon of user-generated comments connected to news media play a role in interpretation of news.

She is currently working on a project with the National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate to understand how park managers utilize different sources of natural resources information in their day-to-day work.

Dr. Anderson's work on science communication spans several scientific topics, including climate change, nanotechnology, and nuclear energy. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.



Select Publications

Anderson, A. A. (2017). The social nature of online media and its effects on behaviors and attitudes. In A. Dudo & L. Kahlor, New agendas in strategic communication, Routledge: New York, 66-83.
Anderson, A. A., Yeo, S. K., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A., & Xenos, M. A. (2016). Toxic Talk: How Online Incivility Can Undermine Perceptions of Media. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. http://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edw022
Anderson, A. A., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A., Xenos, M. A., & Ladwig, P. (2014). The Nasty Effect: Online Incivility and Risk Perceptions of Emerging Technologies: Crude comments and concern. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19(3), 373387. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12009
Anderson, A. A.; Delborne, J. A.; & Kleinman, D. L. (2013).Information beyond the forum: Motivations, strategies, and impacts of citizen participants seeking information during a consensus conference.Public Understanding of Science, 22(8): 955-970.
Anderson, A. A.; Myers, T. A.; Maibach, E. W.; Cullen, H.; Gandy, J.; Witte, J.; Stenhouse, N.; Leiserowitz, A. (2013). If they like you, they learn from you: How a brief weathercaster-delivered climate education segment is moderated by viewer evaluations of the weathercaster. Weather, Climate, and Society, 5(4): 367-377.
Anderson, A. A.; Brossard, D.; Scheufele, D. A.; Xenos, M. A. (2012). Online talk: How exposure to disagreement in online comments affects beliefs in the promise of controversial science. In L. Phillips; A. Carvalho; & J. Doyle (Eds.), Citizen voices: Performing public participation in science and environment communication. Intellect Books: Bristol, UK.
Anderson, A. A.; Maibach, E. W.; Leiserowitz, A. (2012, December 12). Is America ready to listen? The Scientist. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/33644/title/Opinion--Is-America-Ready-to-Listen-/
Anderson, A. A.; Scheufele, D. A.; Brossard, D. B.; Corley, E. A. (2012). The role of media and deference to scientific authority in cultivating trust in sources of information about emerging technologies. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24(2): 225-237.
Anderson, A. A.; Brossard, D.; & Scheufele, D. A. (2010). The changing information environment for nanotechnology: Online audiences and content. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12(4), 1083-1094.


  • JTC 461 – Writing about Health, Science, and the Environment

  • JTC 413 – New Communication Technologies & Society