Adam Rainear

Graduate Student, Communication (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Climate change is often considered one of the most difficult issues facing mankind. My research aims to bridge the gap between social and physical scientists to help create a better public understanding of climate change and increase pro-environmental behavioral intentions across the general public. Drawing on my unique physical science background where I directly studied climate change and weather, I hope to further examine the health consequences associated with climate change and how these consequences can be used as a communicative tool for increasing public awareness of the issue. My undergraduate honors thesis examined the role of place attachment and personal experience messaging for communicating climate change. Current projects include (1) examining how specific health frameworks can be used to better communicate the health consequences of climate change, (2) understanding how media influences perceptions of climate change and science, and (3) developing a virtual intervention tool to be used as a climate change education and awareness program.


MA, University of Connecticut (expected 2016, Communication)

BS, Rutgers University (2014, Meteorology)

BA, Rutgers University (2014, Journalism & Media Studies, with honors)

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Communication
337 Mansfield Road, Unit 1259
Storrs, CT 06269-1259