Chad Zanocco is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Oregon State University. His research explores the role of space and place in shaping public perceptions and opinions about environmental and energy issues using cutting-edge geospatial and analytical modeling techniques. He is particularly interested in the role of proximity (e.g., to energy development, extreme weather events) in shaping views on controversial environmental topics (e.g., fracking, climate change). For his dissertation, he is examining a collaborative effort between ecologists, computer scientists, and social scientists to co-develop visualization software for environmental applications. He holds a BA in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California at Davis.