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Leigh Bernacchi

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Hailing from Mariposa, California and with a background in agriculture and natural resources management, Leigh applies social science theory to the practice of communication. Her research interests include public understanding of science; climate change adaptation; and more locally, the Tuolumne River within Yosemite National Park where she was a naturalist ranger. She holds a PhD from Texas A&M University in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Whether on UC Merced’s campus or off, Leigh enjoys birdwatching and hiking.

Bernacchi pursues questions about the intersections of science and policy and scientists and the public through quantitative and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in how the communication of scientific concepts affects public participation and natural resources management.
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