Valerie is a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and is interested in the connections between climate change science and decision making. Prior to attending the UA, Valerie received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and worked as a science educator and researcher in Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Arizona. As a graduate research assistant for the International Research Applications Project (IRAP), she is working with a team to design, implement, and evaluate targeted climate information services to increase the resilience of coffee farmers in Jamaica to coffee leaf rust, which devastates coffee crops and damages livelihoods throughout the country. Her dissertation research focuses on how perceptions of energy use and energy policies influence decision making related to policy adoption and implementation.