Auburn University at Montgomery
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2017
Dr. Shao is an assistant professor of Geography at the University of Alabama, where her primary research interests are the interaction between nature and society. She received her B.S. in geography from Jilin University (China) and M.P. in planning from the University of Wyoming. While pursuing her Ph.D in geography at Louisiana State University, Shao was a research assistant for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, which is funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Shao worked as a Coastal Resources Scientist at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in Louisiana. Dr. Shao studies the interactions between nature and society. Her research encompasses the human dimensions of climate change, environmental risk perceptions, community resilience to environmental hazards, environmental policies and planning, and impacts of climate change on public health. The interdisciplinary nature of her research leads her to work across traditional disciplinary lines.