chad-zanocco-245x245Chad Zanocco is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at OSU and has a MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California, Davis. Prior to completing his master’s, he served as an Americorps volunteer in northern California where he administered a small-business scholarship program for Arcata Economic Development Corporation. He has worked on multiple alternative future scenario modeling projects, previously collaborating with researchers at UC Davis and the International Food Policy Research Institute using their IMPACT model. At OSU, he has explored alternative futures for coastal change and hazards through the Tillamook County Coastal Futures Project, an effort supported through NOAA’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Change Applications program. For his dissertation, he is working on the NSF-funded VISTAS project to develop visual analytics software to enable scientists to better understand and communicate about large and complex environmental problems spanning spatial and temporal scales. He is working with Hilary on projects related to public perceptions of unconventional oil and gas development and the community reactions to extreme weather project.