Nicole Ardoin is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. She is the acting faculty director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (EIPER) in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences.
Professor Ardoin´s research focuses on environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. In particular, she is interested in considerations of geographic scale, which is an understudied yet crucial aspect of people-place relationships in a rapidly globalizing, urbanizing world. Professor Ardoin’s work primarily occurs in informal and community-based settings, including parks and protected areas, nature-based tourism programs, farmers markets, and other everyday-life settings.
Professor Ardoin also studies the design, implementation, and effectiveness of a range of social-ecological conservation practices in terrestrial and marine environments. To this end, she and her research group collaborate with museums, parks, residential environmental education programs, conservation organizations, community groups, and philanthropic foundations, with a particular interest in non-traditional metrics and adaptive-management approaches.