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


I study how scientists, conservation professionals, and broader publics learn from each other through joint participation in participatory, collaborative, and community-based approaches to scientific research. 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, with attention to how power mediates and structures opportunities for participation and engagement.

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 natural resource sociology to better understand how participatory and community-based approaches to science might: 

1. Create and deepen opportunities for individuals and communities to contribute their ideas, values, and perspectives in shaping scientific and conservation endeavors. 

2. Provide learners with opportunities to pursue their own interest-driven and personally meaningful environmental inquiries in which they both deepen their individual expertise and contribute said expertise to social-ecological stewardship as part of consequential, collective activities. 

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 my previous worked has examine 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. 

Interests: citizen science, community science, learning, social-ecological systems, stewardship, engaged scholarship 


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2018-2023 


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