Christine Li, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-0613
Address 105A Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • Ph.D., 2016, University of Florida

Research Summary

Li’s research interests include conservation education/natural resources/environmental education, communication strategies, program development and evaluation, needs assessment, conservation psychology, conflict management, community empowerment, community forestry, civic ecology and capacity building in human dimensions of natural resource management. The goal of my research is to develop a fundamental understanding of how conservation education and pedagogy strategies influence natural resource learning outcome. The specific objectives of my research are to 1) design and evaluate the efficacy of environmental educational and outreach programs to key stakeholders, K-12, and public, 2) promote interdisciplinary research and community level collaboration in natural resource conservation, 3) investigate the individual attitudes, knowledge, perceptions, and behavior affect community resilience and other key stakeholder groups in natural resources management, 4) enhance educational and social science research methodologies and analysis, and 5) promote international collaboration in conservation education.

Selected Publications

  • Li, C. J., Costello, C., *Thuston, S., & Simmons, B. (2019). Using public deliberation and environmental issues forums to achieve the 2030 goals for sustainable development: A case study in Missouri, USA.  In: Leal Filho, W., Marans, R., Callewaert, J. (eds). Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham
  • Li, C. J., Monroe, M. C., Oxarart, A., & Ritchie, T. (2019). Building teachers’ self-efficacy in teaching about climate change through educative curriculum and professional development. Applied Environmental Education & Communication. DOI: 10.1080/1533015X.2019.1617806
  • Schulz, J. H., Wilhelm Stanis, S. A., Webb, E. B., Li, C. J., & Hall, D. M. (2019). Communicating strategies for reducing lead poisoning in wildlife and human health risks. Wildlife Society Bulletin,
  • Li, C., & Monroe, M. C. (2018). Development and validation of the climate change hope scale for high school students. Environment and Behavior, 50(4), 454-479.
  • Li, C. J., Monroe, M. C., & Ritchie, T. (2018). Integrating social science research to advance sustainability education. In: Leal Filho, W., Marans, R., Callewaert, J. (eds). Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham.
  • Monroe, M. C., Oxarart, A., Ritchie T., & Li, C. J. (2018). Innovative instructional module uses evaluation to enhance quality. In: Leal Filho, W., Marans, R., Callewaert, J. (eds). Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham.
  • Li, C. J. & Monroe, M. C. (2017). Exploring the essential psychological factors in fostering hope concerning climate change. Environmental Education Research,
  • Monroe, M. C. & Li, C. J. (2016). Evaluation techniques that improve programs. Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators, Third Edition. Washington DC, North American Association for Environmental Education.
  • Monroe, M. C., Hall, S., & Li, C. J. (2016). Can climate change enhance biology lessons? A quasi-experiment. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 15(2),125-137.
  • Tseng, Y-C, Li, J., Monroe, M. C. (2015). When forests encounter climate change: An introduction of PINEMAP project and Southeastern Forests and Climate Change module. Taiwan Forestry Journal, 41(5), 3-9.
  • Li, J. & Ernst, J. (2014). Exploring value orientations toward the human-nature relationship: a comparison of urban youth in Minnesota, USA and Guangdong, China. Environmental Education Research, 21(4), 556-585.
  • Huang, B., Yang, R., Li, J., & Zhong, Q. (2010). Practice and exploration of participatory environmental education in colleges and universities. China Education & Society. 43(2), 94-102.