Student Profile

Chris Jadallah

PhD Student, Science and Agricultural Education


PhD in Education, University of California, Davis, In progress. 

B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016

Research Interests

My research focuses on citizen science and other participatory, collaborative, and community-based approaches to conservation that provide a forum for engagement between scientists, science-related professionals, and broader publics. Specifically, I study the individual and collective learning processes that occur through these initiatives as they relate to the conservation and stewardship of diverse places.

I bring an interdisciplinary lens to this work, drawing from the learning sciences as well as other fields such as science and technology studies and political ecology to better understand how participatory and collaborative processes might create and deepen opportunities for communities to contribute their ideas, values, and perspectives in shaping conservation efforts. This work is informed by ethnographic and participatory methodologies in addition to critical and sociocultural perspectives on learning, with implications for designing learning environments that value multiple knowledge systems to advance healthy and just social-ecological systems. 

While previous research examines native bee conservation and diversified farming systems, my current work with The Center for Community and Citizen Science focuses on the topic of dam removal and watershed restoration at multiple sites in the Western United States. 

Keywords: citizen science, learning, community development, social-ecological systems, engaged scholarship 

Awards and Honors

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2018-2023


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