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Tracy Lee Clarke California State University, Channel Islands, USA

Dr. Tracylee Clarke is currently an associate professor and chair of the Communication Program at California State University Channel Islands. Her current research and teaching interests include environmental communication and conflict management, collaborative decision-making and policy development, the intersections of narrative, culture, identity and conflict, and the role of dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution. She is a member of US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Morris K. Udall Foundation and teaches a course for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law. Dr. Clarke worked as an environmental mediator and policy analyst and has over 18 years of experience in environmental conflict management and collaborative policy development. She has managed and directed large, complex stakeholder processes and mediations for federal, state, local and tribal governments as well as private industry. Controversial issues she has mediated include natural resource management, land use, endangered species protection, water supply and water quality, transportation, energy development and toxic remediation and clean up. As an environmental consultant she has also designed and conducted professional training workshops for governmental officials and environmental managers to enhance collaborative problem solving, negotiation skills and communication competency. Dr. Clarke holds a MA in Communication from the Edward. R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University and Ph.D. in Environmental Communication from the University of Utah. She is also certified as a professional mediator.