Environmental Communication Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award in Environmental Communication (Formerly the Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication (book category))

Year Award Winner
2023 Jenell Johnson, Every Living Thing: The Politics of Life in Common (Penn State University Press, 2023)
2022 Joshua Trey Barnett, Mourning in the Anthropocene: Ecological Grief and Earthly Coexistence (Michigan State University Press, 2022)
2021 Catalina M. de Onís, Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2021)
2020 Tema Milstein and José Castro-Sotomayor, Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity (Routledge, 2020)
2019 Leilani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams (editors), Racial Ecologies (University of Washington Press, 2018)
2018 Bridie McGreavy, Justine Wells, George F. McHendry Jr., & Samantha Senda-Cook, Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
2017 Tema Milstein, Mairi Pileggi, and Eric Morgan, Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice (Routledge, 2017)
2016 Jen Schneider, Steve Schwarze, Peter K. Bsumek, and Jennifer Peeples
2015 Myria Allen, Strategic Communication for Sustainable Organizations: Theory and Practice (Springer, 2015)
2014 Anna Marie Todd, Communicating Environmental Patriotism: A Rhetorical History of the American Environmental Movement (Routledge, 2013)
2013 Emily Plec, Perspectives on Human-Animal Communication: Internatural Communication (Routledge, 2012)
2011 Brendan Larson, Metaphors for environmental sustainability: Redefining our relationship with nature (Yale University Press, 2011)
2010 Danielle Endres, Leah Sprain, and Tarla Rai Peterson, Social Movement to Address Climate Change (Cambria, 2009)
2008 Bryan Taylor, Stephen Depoe, William Kinsella, and Maribeth Metzler, Nuclear legacies: Communication, controversy, and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex (Lexington Books, 2007)
2007 Phaedra Pezzullo, Toxic tourism: Rhetorics of pollution, travel, and environmental justice (University of Alabama Press, 2007)
2006 Robert Cox

Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication (journal manuscript)

Year Award Winner
2023 Samantha Senda-Cook & Emma Frances Bloomfield, “Building Coalitions from Shared Pieties: Polyvocal Religious Environmentalism at the Asian Rural Institute,” published in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture in 2023.
2022 Denise Tillery & Emma Frances Bloomfield, "Hyperrationality and Rhetorical Constellations in Digital Climate Change Denial: A Multi-Methodological Analysis of the Discourse of Watts up with That," published in Technical Communication Quarterly in 2022.
2021 Sarah De Los Santos Upton, Carlos A. Tarin, & Leandra H. Hernández, "Construyendo Conexiones Para Los Niños: Environmental Justice, Reproductive Feminicidio, and Coalitional Possibility in the Borderlands," published in Health Communication in 2021.
2020 José Castro-Sotomayor, "Emplacing Climate Change: Civic Action at the Margins"
2019 Constance Gordon & Kathleen Hunt, "Reform, Justice, and Sovereignty: A Food Systems Agenda for Environmental Communication," published in Environmental Communication in 2019.
2017 Tema Milstein, "The Performer Metaphor: 'Mother Nature Never Gives Us the Same Show Twice,'" published in Environmental Communication in 2015.
2016 Bridie McGreavy, "Resilience as Discourse", published in Environmental Communication in 2016.
2015 William Kinsella, Dorothy Andreas, & Danielle Endres, “Communicating Nuclear Power: a Programmatic Review," published in Communication Yearbook in 2015.
2014 Pete Bsumek, Jen Schneider, Steve Schwarze, & Jennifer Peeples, “Corporate Ventriloquism”, published in Under Pressure Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism in 2014.
2013 Donal Carbaugh & Tovar Cerulli, “Cultural Discourses of Dwelling: Investigating Environmental Communication as a Place-Based Practice," published in Environmental Communicatio in 2013.
2012 Jennifer Peeples, “Toxic sublime: Imagining contaminated landscapes." published in Environmental Communication in 2012.
2011 Michael Salvador & Tracylee Clarke, “The Weyekin Principle: Toward an embodied critical rhetoric," published in Environmental Communication in 2010.
2010 Ross Singer, “Neoliberal style, the American Re-Generation, and Ecological Jeremiad in Thomas Friedman’s ‘Code Green,'" published in Environmental Communication in 2010.
2009 Tema Milstein, “When Wales ‘speak for themselves’: Communication as a mediating force in wildlife tourism," published in Environmental Communication in 2009.
2006 William Kinsella

Stephen P. Depoe Book Chapter Award in Environmental Communication

Year Award Winner
2023 Andra M. Feldpausch-Parker & Danielle Endres, "Energy Democracy: An Introduction," published in Routledge Handbook of Energy Democracy in 2021.
2022 Tema Milstein & Gabi Mocatta, “Environmental Communication Theory and Practice for Global Transformation: An Ecocultural Approach,” published in Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory in 2022.
2021 Xinghua Li, “Selling the ‘Wild’ in China: Ancient Values, Consumer Desires, and the Quyeba Advertising Campaign,” published in Green Communication and China: On Crisis, Care, and Global Futures in 2020.
2020 Kelsey Husnick, Mostafa Aniss, and Rahul Mitra, "Naturalizing Environmental Injustice: How Privileged Residents Make Sense of Detroit's Water Shutoffs"
2019 Carlos Tarin, "Fronteras Tóxicas: Toward a Borderland Ecological Consciousness"
2017 Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen, Joshua Trey Barnett, Megan O'byrne, and Tarla Rai Peterson, "Communicating Energy in a Climate (of) Crisis"

J. Robert Cox Award in Environmental Communication and Civic Engagement

Year Award Winner
2023 Maria Blevins
2022 Bridie McGreavy
2021 Stacey K. Sowards
2020 Tarla Rai Peterson 
2019 Phaedra C. Pezzullo
2018 Gregg B. Walker
2017 James G. Cantrill
2016 Jonathan Gray
2015 Leah Sprain
2014 Pete Bsumek
2013 Stephen Depoe
2012 Susan Senecah

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 David Rooney, “They Want to Kill Our Cows. That Means Your Next: White Masculine Victimhood and the Green New Deal's War on Hamburgers”
2022 Michael Warren Cook & Mikayla Torres, “The Four R’s, Ecology and Academic Kinship: Decolonial Turns for Rhetorical Studies”
2021 Isabel Villanueva, Austen Saunders, & Sarah Buechner, “Moral Foundations Theory and Nuclear Energy: The Complementary Roles of Elaboration and Emotional Activation in Social Media Sharing Intentions"
2020 Joshua H. Smith & Jordan Christiansen, "Bears Ears and the Inter-Tribal Coalition: Ecological Decolonial Rhetorics for Collaborative Land Management"
2019 Jacob Miller, "Surviving the Anthropocene calls for an ecospheric rhetoric"
2018 Kevin Calderwood, "Going Global: Climate Change Discourse in Presidential Communictions"
2017 Stephanie Marek Muller, "Where the Buffalo Roam(ed): Frontier Yearnings and the 'Last Big Buffalo Hunt' of 1926"
2016 Joshua Trey Barnett, "Ecological Thanatorhetorics: Death and Environmentalism" 
2015 Piper Corp, “Surviving evolution with rhetoric: Tapping the resources of Burke’s symbol-using animal in a Latourian world”
2014 Kathleen de Onis, “Eco-delinking: Extracting natural gas advocacy rhetoric and exploring its implications for Puerto Rico and beyond”
2013 Casey R. Schmitt, “If a Text Falls in the Woods…: Intertextuality, Environmental Perception, and the Non-Authored Text”
2012 Deborah Cox Callister, “Humor as Rhetorical Strategy: Comic and Melodramatic Frames in Environmental Coalition Building”
2011 Patrick Belanger, “Defending the Fort: Michael Crichton, Pulp Fiction, and Green Conspiracy”
2010 Keally DeWitt, “The (priestly) voice of the scientist in the climate change debate: A rhetorical analysis of Dr. James Hansen’s ‘Global Warming Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near’”

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Joshua Trey Barnett, “Troubling Ecologies of Violent Care: Thinking with Invasive Species”
2022 Michael Warren Cook & Mikayla Torres, “The Four R’s, Ecology and Academic Kinship: Decolonial Turns for Rhetorical Studies”
2021 Brian Cozen & Danielle E. Endres, "The Nuclear Zelus: Climate-Oriented Imaginaries Among Nuclear Energy Professionals”
2020 Megan O'Byrne & Danielle E. Endres, "This Land is our Land: Protesting to Protect Places on the Margin"
2019 Haoran Chu & Janet Yang, "Emotion and the Psychological Distance of Climate Change"
2018 Ross Singer, "On Ecofeminist Theory and the Promise of Ecofeminist Communication Studies"
2017 Stephanie Marek Muller, "Where the Buffalo Roam(ed): Frontier Yearnings and the 'Last Big Buffalo Hunt' of 1926"
2016 Abel Gustafson and Ronald Rice, "Reducing the Uncertainty and Controversy about Uncertainty and Controversy Framing in Research on Climate Change Journalism"
2015 Jessica Thompson and Jose Aburto, “Ecosystem-what? Public understanding and trust in conservation science and ecosystem services”
2014 Jen Schneider, Steven Schwarze, Peter Bsumek, and Jennifer Peeples, “The strategic ambiguity of clean coal rhetoric”
2013 Teresa Myers, John Kotcher, Neil Stenhouse, Ashley Anderson, and Edward W. Maibach, “Predictors of Trust in the General and Climate Scientific Research of US Federal Scientific Organizations”
2012 Mahuya Pal and J. Jacob Jenkins, “Reimagining sustainability: An interrogation of the Corporate Knights’ Global 100”
2011 Anna Marie Todd, “Toward a Theory of Environmental Patriotism”
2010 Ross Singer, “The USDA People’s Garden Initiative and the rhetorical suppression of environmental and agro-food industry sustainability”

Catalina de Onís Dissertation Award in Environmental Communication

Year Award Winner
2023 Cynthia P. Rosenfeld, “Vulnerable Flourishings: Building More-Than-Human Worlds with Digital Rhetoric”
2022 JungKyu Rhys Lim, “Developing Effective Communication for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Mitigation”
2021 Taylor N. Johnson, "The Fight for Bears Ears: Toward a Decolonial Rhetoric of Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making"
2020 Melissa M. Parks, "From Redwoods Preservation to Genomic Restoration: Genocentric Ecologies in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries"
2019 Constance Gordon, Troubling “Access”: Rhetorical Cartographies of Food (In)Justice and Gentrification
2018 Abel T. Gustafson, "The Nature and Effects of Uncertainty Frames in Science Communication"
2017 Catalina de Onis, "Energy Remix: Decolonial Discourses of Decarbonization"

Outstanding Voice in Environmental Communication

Year Award Winner
2019 Catalina de Onis

Recognition of Excellence in Service

Year Award Winner
2011 Todd Norton