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. & Monroe, M. C. (in review). Development and validation of the climate change hope scale for American high school students. Environment and Behavior.
  • Li, C. J. & Monroe, M. C. (in review). Applying the Reasonable Person Model to Hope concerning Climate Change among High School Students: A Path Analysis. Journal of Environmental Psychology.
  • 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.