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Heather M. Yocum – Research Scientist 1
Attribution and Predictability Assessments Team
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 497-3917
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6020


Heather M. Yocum is a Research Scientist at the University of Colorado-Boulder and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, CO. An environmental anthropologist and political ecologist, Dr. Yocum studies how culture and social systems impact the way that humans understand and interact with the environment. Her current research is on the social dynamics that influence the supply of and demand for weather and climate information, including production, dissemination, understanding, and use in the Western US. She also studies the multiple factors that influence the use of climate and weather information in decision-making, as well as user needs and preferences for that information. Her research interests include the changing patterns of land use and natural resource management in the face of climate change; the production, dissemination, and use of climate and weather information; environmental markets and payments for ecosystem services; and the emerging carbon and climate knowledge economies.

Research Interests

  • Environmental anthropology
  • Climate change and natural resource management
  • Social and environmental systems
  • Western U.S.; southern Africa
  • Social studies of science; science and technology studies; history and philosophy of science


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University , Dec 2013

Selected Publications

  • Yocum, H.M. and A.J. Ray (under review) Land and wildlife managers’ use of climate information in the Prairie Potholes Region: Needs, barriers, and opportunities. Regional Environmental Change.
  • Yocum, H.M. (2016) “‘It Becomes Scientific’: Carbon Accounting for REDD in Malawi.” Human Ecology 44(6): 677-685. doi:10.1007/s10745-016-9869-y
  • Yocum, H.M. (2016) “Potential Equity Concerns in REDD Planning and Implementation: A Case Study from Malawi,” in The Carbon Fix: Global Equity and the New Environmental Regime. Shirley Fiske and Stephanie Paladino, eds. New York: Routledge. Pp 238-253. ISBN: 978-1611323337

Selected Presentations

  • Yocum, Heather M., Andrea J. Ray, Balaji Rajagopalan, “Adaptation Barriers and Opportunities in the Prairie Potholes Region.” Accepted for presentation at the North Central Climate Science Center’s Open Science Conference, May 2015.
  • Yocum, Heather M., Andrea J. Ray, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Climate Science Needs of Natural Resource Managers in the Prairie Potholes Region (PPR).” Poster presented at the CIRES Rendezvous, Boulder, CO
  • Yocum. 2014. "Beyond ‘Pixels and Bits’: Encounters with Climate Knowledge and Uncertainty." Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Yocum. 2013. “Good Air, Bad Air: Communicating Carbon and REDD Projects in Malawi.” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

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