Department of Community Sustainability
Professor and Chairperson
Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road, Room 131
East Lansing, MI 48824
Area of Expertise:
Education, resilience, participatory modeling, citizen science
Dr. Jordan joined the Department in August 2018. Her research focuses on understanding how individuals reason with scientific data. In particular, she seeks to understand how individuals generate and test explanations for complex phenomena. Dr. Jordan has worked with several audiences (e.g., grade 6-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, and the public involved in citizen science) to test general research questions about causal reasoning with regard to individual decision-making in environmental contexts. After receiving her B.S. in the Biological Sciences with focus on Psychology, Dr. Jordan received her PhD and Master’s Degrees in Organismal Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Following her time in Massachusetts, Dr. Jordan has completed postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University in New Jersey and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Jordan was a faculty member at Rutgers University in New Jersey.