John Kotcher is a first year doctoral student in George Mason University's Science Communication program. He is currently working as a research assistant in the Center for Climate Change Communication, where he is collaborating on several different projects, one of which examines trust perceptions of federal agencies as scientific organizations, and another which seeks to identify best practices that TV weathercasters use to educate the public about climate change. John is also collaborating on audience research of adults and teens in the state of Maryland to help inform the outreach efforts of the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland.

Prior to joining George Mason, John was a Communications Officer in the Office of Communications at the National Academies. In his role at the Academies, John helped to communicate the work of the institution to broader audiences, worked on programs to connect empirical research on the science of science communication with the needs of practitioners, and developed communication training programs for scientists and engineers.

John also holds a M.S. in environmental science from American University in Washington D.C. His master's research examined the potential of opinion leaders to catalyze wider public engagement with climate change and complement traditional media outreach strategies.


MS ('08) Environmental Science, American University, Washington, DC
BS ('06) Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH