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Nicole Ardoin

Nicole Ardoin, Emmett Family Faculty Scholar, is an associate professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, and Sykes Family faculty director of the Emmett Interdiscipinary Program in Environment and Resources in the School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on the nexus of environmental behavior, environmental learning and sense of place. Professor Ardoin’s Social Ecology lab group studies the design, implentation and effectiveness of conservation practices that motivate individual and collective environmental behaviors in terrestrial and marine environments in the United States and internationally. Her work occurs primarily in informal and community settings, including, but not limited to, parks and protected areas, within fishing communities, with participants on nature-based tours, and in farmers’ markets, among other everyday-life settings. Professor Ardoin and her research group primarily pursue their work in collaboration with community partners including nonprofit conservation organizations, national and state parks, philanthropic foundations, and a range of national and international governmental agencies.


At Stanford:

  • Associate professor, Graduate School of Education, since 2016
  • Senior fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, since 2016; fellow since 2009
  • Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences: Sykes Family Director, since 2019; Acting Director, 2018; and Emmett Family Faculty Scholar, since 2018
  • Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy, since 2011
  • Member, advisory committee, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, since 2012


  • Trustee, George B. Storer Foundation, since 2016
  • Member, Board of Directors program committee, Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2011–2018
  • Chair and co-chair, research symposium, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), 2016–2018; Advisory Council Member, since 2014
  • Chair, Education Advisory Council, NatureBridge, since 2011
  • Education Advisory Board Member, Teton Science Schools, since 2016
  • Exhibition coordinator and education specialist, World Wildlife Fund, 1998–2001



  • Associate editor, Environmental Education Research, since 2011
  • Consulting editor: Children, Youth, and Environments, since 2012; and Journal of Environmental Education, since 2008
  • Author of more than 75 peer-reviewed publications



  • Recipient, William C. Everhart Award, National Institute for Parks, 2018
  • Recipient, Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University, 2018
  • Recipient, Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education, 2016; President’s Award, 2014, North American Association for Environmental Education



  • BBA, international business and French, James Madison University
  • MS, natural resource management, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  • PhD, Forestry and Environmental Studies (social ecology), 2009, Yale University

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