Professor Ferraro
collaborates with scientists, lawyers, engineers, and program administrators to develop evidence-based environmental programs and to understand causal relationships, both natural and anthropogenic, in complex environments. His research aims to incorporate insights from the behavioral and social sciences into the designs of public programs and to measure the causal effects of human behaviors on the environment and human welfare. He believes that these topics require contributions from multiple disciplines and multiple methodologies. More recently, building on his earlier training in the natural sciences, he has collaborated with natural and physical scientists to elucidate causal relationships in ecological and hydrological systems.