Michael F. Dahlstrom

LAS Dean's Professor [GSJC], Director, Director of Graduate Education (DOGE)


Dept:Greenlee School Journalism/Communication
Office:101a Hamilton
613 Wallace Rd.
Ames IA
Office Hours:Hours vary; check nameplate

Topics of interest: agricultural communication, environmental communication, science communication

Education: Ph.D. in Mass Communications, joint degree with Environmental Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
M.S. in Biophysics, Iowa State University, 2004
B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, 2002
B.S. in Biophysics, Iowa State University, 2002


Michael Dahlstrom is the director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University and holds a Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professorship. His research explores how storytelling impacts the communication of science and the ethical considerations involved. Dahlstrom's work extends across diverse scientific contexts, including risk, health, agricultural and environmental communication and has been published in leading journals, such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Communication Research and Science Communication. He is also co-editor of Ethics and Practice in Science Communication, an edited volume focusing on the often-overlooked ethical challenges underlying science communication. Dahlstrom is a Kavli Fellow and is also a past head of the Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.