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Vicken Hillis Profile

Vicken Hillis

About Me

Assistant Professor
Human-Environment Systems

Phone Number: (208) 426-4251
Office: ERB 4133

Link to personal webpage

Research Areas

  • Environmental behavior and decision making
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Social learning
  • Social networks

I study what people do and why in environmental contexts. In particular, my research examines how beliefs about climate change constrain or promote resilience to a changing environment. I develop community-based solutions using participatory approaches that build climate resiliency.


I am interested in collaborating with academic and community partners, using participatory approaches to build resilience to environmental change.


  • Lauren Hunt, PhD, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Matt Clark, MS, Biology
  • Jessica Mueller, BS, Geoscience


  • HES 220: Complex Systems and Sustainability
  • HES 597: Social Network Analysis

Community Partners

  • USDA-ARS, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Heart of the Rockies Initiative
  • Oregon State University Extension
  • Montana Natural Heritage Program
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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