Joanna Marras Tate
PhD Student
Communication

Joanne Marras Tate ("Jo") is a doctoral student within the Community and Social Interaction area. Her background is in Marine Biology and Psychobiology. Jo received a MSc in Media and Communication from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, presenting a thesis in Environmental Communication. Her interests are in environmental communication, science communication, visual communication, emerging media, agnotology (Proctor 2008), and education. 

Some of the questions she is drawn to are how are environmental issues framed and distributed? What are the factors determining levels of priority in environmental concerns? What roles are different media playing in advocating for environmental justice? How can scientific findings be better communicated to the public? How has climate change become a belief system? 

At CU, Jo is currently teaching Public Speaking courses and is a research fellow for BoulderTalks.