Jennifer Olson

Jennifer  Olson
  • Associate Professor
  • Media and Information



Jennifer Olson is interested in the interaction between changes in the environment and society. Understanding the causes of environmental trends and how they affect society leads to important policy implications from the national to the international level, and she regularly works with policy makers, United Nations officials and others to develop effective methods of communicating science results. Research topics that she has focused on include the socioeconomic causes of land degradation, the effects of environmental change on human health, the interaction between land use and climate change, and the impacts of land use change on biodiversity.


  • Environment and society
  • Communicating science
  • Socioeconomic causes of land degradation
  • Effects of environmental change on human health
  • Impacts of land use change on biodiversity