Chelsea Canon

Ph.D. student


Advisor: Doug Boyle

Chelsea studies communication challenges posed by changing climates and climate hazards. She’s currently interested in how academic research about climate communication informs the practice of climate communication, and vice versa. Her dissertation applies social network analysis to model these knowledge flows, with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve the exchange of information among climate communicators. 

Chelsea likes being a geographer because she finds that geography’s theory and techniques are broadly applicable to real-world problems. She has expertise in climate science communication and fluency in both quantitative and qualitative methods, including GIS, network analysis, python, R, content analysis, archival research, predictive site modeling, and field work. Her previous work includes a historical geography project on early Mexican mining activity in Nevada, a collaboration on data visualization instruction techniques for science educators, and a science translation story map about Walker Lake’s climate. When she isn’t busy with research, you’re likely to find her planning her next camping trip.


  • B.A., 2007, Spanish & Spanish American Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA
  • M.S., 2015, Geography, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Canon, C.R. (2015). Mining the past: Using arrastras as evidence of Mexican mining activity in early Nevada (Master’s thesis). University of Nevada, Reno: Department of Geography. Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 1599975) 
  • Hepworth, K.J., & Canon, C. (2018). Improving Science Students’ Data Visualizations: A STEAM-Based Approach. Dialectic, 2(1). doi:10.3998/dialectic.14932326.0002.104
  • Hepworth, K., Ivey, C.E., Canon, C., & Holmes, H.A. (2019). Embedding online, design-focused data visualization instruction in an upper-division undergraduate atmospheric science course. Journal of Geoscience Education. doi:10.1080/10899995.2019.1656022