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Shana Lee Hirsch, PhD

Shana Hirsch

Senior Research Scientist,
Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington


Dr. Shana Lee Hirsch is a senior research scientist in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and co-director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center.

Dr. Hirsch works at the nexus of environmental science and cultural change. She draws from her transdisciplinary background in natural resources science, policy, and management and her experiences working with engineers and scientists that are on “the front lines” of climate change. Her aim is to create a research program that supports diverse ways of knowing and designing to bring about systemic change and address future challenges.

Dr. Hirsch's academic publications can be found on Google Scholar. Her book, Anticipating Future Environments: Climate Change, Adaptive Restoration, and the Columbia River Basin, was published in 2020 by UW Press.