Shaelyn M. Patzer

Shaelyn M. Patzer

Graduate Research Assistant

Climate communication, science and environmental reporting, media portrayals of climate change, climate justice

Shaelyn Patzer is a PhD candidate at George Mason University, specializing in science, climate, and strategic communication. She has nearly a decade of experience working as a science communication practitioner in both academic and governmental organizations, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Park Service. Her research interests include climate journalism, practical application of social science theory in climate communications, and the influence of personal experience on behaviors and attitudes concerning climate change. Prior to joining George Mason's COMM program, she received a master’s degree in Science Writing from John Hopkins University.

Current Research

Member of research team running a study on the climate reporting behaviors of news professionals belonging to four professional journalism societies, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The study was conducted as part of the Climate Matters in the Newsroom project—a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration between George Mason University, Climate Central, NASA, NOAA, and the four professional journalism societies—the aim of which is to enable local, science-based reporting on climate change.