Welcome to the Attari Lab

Directed by Professor Shahzeen Attari, the lab is dedicated to solving problems related to human behavior and resource use. The range of research spans work on perceptions, motivations, and biases of how people understand complex systems and use natural resources. The work done at the lab has strong links to environmental and cognitive science. The lab’s members are a dedicated group of undergraduate students, graduate research assistants, and post-doctoral fellows.

Carissa is a junior at IU and a Cox Research Scholar. She is pursuing an individualized major focusing on sustainability and technology. Alongside her research, she designs artwork for current projects and is the lab's resident photographer. For fun, she takes part in global scavenger hunts. 

Carissa is a junior at IU and a Cox Research Scholar. She is pursuing an individualized major focusing on sustainability and technology. Alongside her research, she designs artwork for current projects and is the lab's resident photographer. For fun, she takes part in global scavenger hunts. 

Carissa Knox
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tyler is a Postdoctoral Fellow in SPEA and Psychology. He studies the limits of human imagination — how we [fail to] understand concepts that lie beyond the reach of perception and action — and implications for mitigating climate change, educating STEM experts, and creating a more just society. Before becoming a card-carrying Scientist, he was a child detective, then a professional magician, and finally a national team wrestler. Today, he likes bikes, books, and bourbon. 

Tyler is a Postdoctoral Fellow in SPEA and Psychology. He studies the limits of human imagination — how we [fail to] understand concepts that lie beyond the reach of perception and action — and implications for mitigating climate change, educating STEM experts, and creating a more just society. Before becoming a card-carrying Scientist, he was a child detective, then a professional magician, and finally a national team wrestler. Today, he likes bikes, books, and bourbon. 

Tyler Marghetis
Postdoctoral Fellow

Adam is a freshman studying biology at IU and is a Cox Research Scholar. His hobbies include skiing in the Rocky Mountains, cycling, and hiking. Adam enjoys spending his summers in Michigan on the M-22 and would like to one day eat at every restaurant in Bloomington.

Adam is a freshman studying biology at IU and is a Cox Research Scholar. His hobbies include skiing in the Rocky Mountains, cycling, and hiking. Adam enjoys spending his summers in Michigan on the M-22 and would like to one day eat at every restaurant in Bloomington.

Adam Swiatkowski
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniel is a young professional pursuing his goal of effecting positive environmental change within the nexus of private business, public governance, and local communities. He is a Public Affairs and Environmental Science Masters student at SPEA, and has conducted research in Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, and Indiana. He and his family are Highpointers, attempting to summit each state's highest peak - 18 down, 32 to go!

Daniel is a young professional pursuing his goal of effecting positive environmental change within the nexus of private business, public governance, and local communities. He is a Public Affairs and Environmental Science Masters student at SPEA, and has conducted research in Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, and Indiana. He and his family are Highpointers, attempting to summit each state's highest peak - 18 down, 32 to go!

Daniel Lundberg
Graduate Research Assistant

Savannah keeps everyone entertained as she chases chipmunks and squirrels. She also lazes around the lab. She thinks she is a lap dog, so if you sit still, she will sit on your lap. Lick. Snuggle.

Savannah keeps everyone entertained as she chases chipmunks and squirrels. She also lazes around the lab. She thinks she is a lap dog, so if you sit still, she will sit on your lap. Lick. Snuggle.

Savannah
Lab Mascot

Shahera Omar is a Fulbright Scholar and a Master of Public Affairs student in SPEA. She is interested in psychology and development, and she is from the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. She is a foodie and loves to squash cute things, especially her cats, Molan and Pakeer, which translate to "Idiot" and "Fool." 

Shahera Omar is a Fulbright Scholar and a Master of Public Affairs student in SPEA. She is interested in psychology and development, and she is from the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. She is a foodie and loves to squash cute things, especially her cats, Molan and Pakeer, which translate to "Idiot" and "Fool." 

Shahera Omar
Graduate Research Assistant

Janine is a sophomore studying Biology at IU and is a Sustainability 2020 Scholar. She loves hiking and playing ultimate frisbee. She is a tea connoisseur and has a large collection of loose leaf teas from around the world. 

Janine is a sophomore studying Biology at IU and is a Sustainability 2020 Scholar. She loves hiking and playing ultimate frisbee. She is a tea connoisseur and has a large collection of loose leaf teas from around the world. 

Janine Tang
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kurt is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He works with Shahzeen and Tom Evans (Geography) on an NSF funded project looking at intra-seasonal agricultural decision making in Kenya and Zambia. Kurt’s hobbies include canoeing, cheese, and torch welding. His website: https://www.kurtwaldman.com

Kurt is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He works with Shahzeen and Tom Evans (Geography) on an NSF funded project looking at intra-seasonal agricultural decision making in Kenya and Zambia. Kurt’s hobbies include canoeing, cheese, and torch welding. His website: https://www.kurtwaldman.com

Kurt Waldman
Postdoctoral Fellow




Lab Alumni

Andy Barnes Business Council for Sustainable Energy in DC • Erich Christian SPEA IU • Jared Eichmiller Undergrad IU • Claire Dorner Undergrad IU • Ian Ford • Shree Harsha Sridharmurthy Informatics IU • Kelsey Hinton Community Water Center in CA • Benjamin Inskeep EQ Research • Michelle Lute WildEarth Guardians in MT • Drew Marcantonio PhD program University of Notre Dame • Kerry Neil • Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones • Nick Posawatz • Cale Reeves PhD program UT Austin • Zac Ruzycki Dept of Commerce in MN •Greer Ryan Center for Biological Diversity in CA • Yu Song SPEA IU • Tarlie Townsend PhD program University of Michigan • Seth Watkins