Social Ecology Lab

Through scholarship and collaborative practice, we bring social science insights to bear on pressing sustainability challenges to expand possibilities for a thriving today, tomorrow, and generations to come.

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Nicole M. Ardoin

Nicole Ardoin, Emmett Family Faculty Scholar, is an associate professor in the Environmental Behavioral Sciences Group and a senior fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER).

Research Projects

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Fostering Hope and Collective Behavioral Response in the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and collective response

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the fragility of our highly globalized, interconnected society. Never before have we experienced such a large-scale opportunity to witness, in vivo, experiments in collective action occurring worldwide at a single point in time.


Research and Practice

WITH SUPPORT FROM REIP WOODS INSTITUTE FUND. This project engages Stanford-affiliated researchers from around campus with land managers in collaborative endeavors to produce conservation solutions.

Collective Environmental Literacy

Collective Environmental Literacy

Through the “Environmental Learning in the Bay Area” initiative, we explore how, why, where, and when people learn about the environment, and what motivates them to act sustainably.


The Summen Project

Named the Summen Project after the Native American word for “redwood,” this three-year, multi-institutional initiative is supported through NSF’s Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) program.

Lab Members and Collaborators

Our lab includes research scholars from across campus, as well as collaborators from nonprofits, community organizations, foundations, and elsewhere. Our backgrounds span the range of social sciences with an emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives on social-ecological systems and work from the local to the ecoregional scales. We employ a mix of approaches including ethnography, interviews, network analysis, mapping, photovoice, and more to seek quantitative and qualitative insights into complex environmental and social conditions.