Sara K. Yeo portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Communication
  • Faculty Affiliate, Environmental Humanities
  • Faculty Affiliate, Global Change and Sustainability Center

Research Summary

Specializing in public opinion and science communication, particularly emerging technologies and environmental issues, my research explores the intersection of science, media, and politics. Currently, I am interested in how selectivity and information processing affect the formation of public attitudes and opinion toward science and technology.

Education

  • Ph.D., Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Department of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • B.S., Oceanography, Hawaii Pacific University

Biography

Sara K. Yeo (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Her research interests include science communication, public opinion of STEM issues, and information seeking and processing. Her work has been published in journals such as Risk Analysis, Energy Policy, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Materials TodayShe has also written articles for popular science magazines, such as The Scientist and New Scientist.

Originally from Malaysia, Sara is trained as a bench and field scientist and holds a M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her training in ecology and the life sciences has been invaluable to her research at the intersection of science, media, and politics.