Pamela Faye Rittelmeyer
  • Title
    • PhD
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 429
  • Office Hours By appointment
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies

Research Interests

I am interested in how communities perceive their risk of natural disasters. My research goal is to improve understanding of how to integrate social values and local knowledge into anticipatory adaptation. My research has led me to delve deeply into risk perception, trust and communication, and climate science.


Biography, Education and Training

M.A., Geography, California State University, Fullerton
B.A., History, Barnard College, Columbia University

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2010 California Sea Grant State Fellowship 
  • 2013-15 University of California Santa Cruz, Regents Fellowship
  • 2014-17 UCSC Environmental Studies Department Research Grant 
  • 2014 UCSC Graduate Student Association Travel Grant
  • 2014-17 California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program 
  • 2016-17 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, UC Santa Cruz
  • 2017 Marilyn C. Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • 2017-19 Delta Science Fellowship 
  • 2018 CONCUR, Inc. Scholarship
  • 2019 Jeanne X. Kasperson Student Paper Award, American Association of Geographers Hazards, Risk, and Disasters Specialty Group

Selected Publications

Rittelmeyer, P. (2020). Socio-cultural perceptions of flood risk and management of a levee system: Applying the Q methodology in the California Delta. Geoforum, 111, 11–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.02.022

Selected Presentations

"Meanings behind perceptions: Flood Risk and Management of the California Delta Levee System." 2019. American Association of Geographers. Washington DC. 

"Perceptions of Flood Risk and Management of the California Delta Levee System." 2018. International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity.  Charlotte, NC.

"Perceptions of Flood Risk and Management of the Delta Levee System" (poster). 2018. Biannual Bay-Delta Science Conference. Sacramento, CA.

"(Un)Certainties and (Dis)Trust: Understanding narratives to find a path towards maintaining flood resilience in the California Delta." 2018. Invited speaker, Geography and Environment Department Forum, San Francisco State University, CA.

"Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Communities" (poster). 2016. 4th International Marine Conservation Congress. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

“Drawing a line in the sand: the problem of conflicting values in coastal management policy.” 2014. American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Conference, Virginia Beach, VA.

“Evaluating inter-annual ecological niche dynamics with highly migratory pelagic fishes.” 2010. CalGIS Conference, Huntington Beach, CA.