Texas Tech University

Science, Policy & Communication

Alex Pearl

Alex is an Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Water Law and Policy. His research focuses on water law and policy specifically looking at property rights in pumping of water in over-drafted aquifers. Alex currently is focusing on a paper about the water crisis that could happen in America. His concern is with continued climate variability and an increase in population can lead to a large decrease in water resources. Alex's research is looking at solutions for what the state can do to conserve local water resources.

Robert Forbis

Robert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He examines environmental politics and policy with emphasis on the policy nexus of environmental protection and energy development. His research specifically addresses political conflicts triggered by the hydraulic fracturing energy development process. Robert also explores renewable energy and sustainable practices to help make a cleaner environment. He uses his research to bring awareness on these issues.

Dennis Patterson

Dennis is a Professor and Department Chairperson in the Department of Political Science. He examines comparative politics, politics in Japan and Asia, political institutions, security issues in East Asia, and statistical and formal methods. He is currently working on a project that involves a new method to evaluate party nomination decisions under SNTV electoral systems.

Ken Baake


Ken is an Associate Professor in the English Department. He studies the art of communication, specifically focusing on a particular part of English called "the rhetoric of science." This consists of the language choices of scientists among other things. Baake's research examines narratives and the language of technical communication. Ken studies art, poems, and songs looking to see people's perception and what is being conveyed through different types of language.

Brian Shreck

Brian is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science. Brian explores the roles of scientific uncertainty and technical complexity of the policymaking process. His dissertation specifically addressed scientific uncertainty and complexity, including that related to climate change, affects the decision making process of interest groups and government agencies as they negotiate over habitat conservation plans for endangered species. His research explores how the public understands and interacts with scientific information, how they discuss environmental problems, such as energy, water, and climate change, and how that influences formation and change of policy preferences at the mass level.