Dr. Nicole Ardoin has a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Ardoin´s research focuses on environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. In particular, she is interested in considerations of geographic scale, which is an understudied yet crucial aspect of people-place relationships in a rapidly globalizing, urbanizing world. Dr. Ardoin currently studies the use of education, communications, and other social strategies in informal and community-based settings, including nature-based tourism programs, to engage individuals and communities in dialogue, environmental decision-making, and informed conservation behavior.
Ardoin also researches the effectiveness of a range of environmental education and social science efforts in achieving measurable and meaningful conservation results. She conducts research and evaluations with informal organizations including museums, zoos/aquariums, parks, and residential environmental education programs, with an emphasis on using innovative, nontraditional metrics.