Michelle's research interests include disaster recovery and mitigation, environmental sociology and community sustainability, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. Particularly, Michelle studies inequality and how disaster and environmental settings intersect with structural forces that maintain or transform inequality. She uses the lens of social capital and collective efficacy to theoretically understand how relationships between individuals and between governmental and nongovernmental organizations generate or hinder disaster risk and recovery. Hence, her interests have led her to research expansively on volunteer organizations, volunteerism, and philanthropy in disaster. Michelle's dissertation research focused on the interrelation of individual and community resilience and social vulnerability in hurricane-prone communities. Michelle has worked on various research projects including disaster risk perception, social capital in disaster resilience, nonprofit collaboration for disaster recovery, organizational energy conservation, volunteer training program evaluation, evaluation of disaster response plans for individuals with disabilities, social media use among vulnerable populations, how to increase protective action knowledge in Haiti, citizen science protocols for measuring storm-water condition equity, and environmental attitudes and behaviors. She has conducted research in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, New York, California, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. As well as survey research throughout the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines and in Peru, India, and Turkey. She regularly teaches courses on research methods and statistics, sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, environmental justice, and hazard mitigation and recovery. She has worked with over 20 undergraduates on research projects, most of which are from groups that are underrepresented in science.
- Ph.D. in Sociology, Colorado State University - (Fort Collins, Colorado, United States) 2013
- M.A. in Sociology, Colorado State University - (Fort Collins, Colorado, United States) 2008
- B.A. in Sociology with Biology minor, Murray State University - (Murray, Kentucky, United States) 2003
- Villarreal, M., & Meyer, M. A. (2020). Women's experiences across disasters: a study of two towns in Texas, United States. DISASTERS. 44(2), 285-306.
- Oti, I. C., Gharaibeh, N. G., Hendricks, M. D., Meyer, M. A., Van Zandt, S., Masterson, J., Horney, J. A., & Berke, P. (2019). Validity and Reliability of Drainage Infrastructure Monitoring Data Obtained from Citizen Scientists. JOURNAL OF INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS. 25(3), 04019018-04019018.
- Meyer, M. A., Purdum, J. C., Breen, K., Aggrey, J. K., Forrest, D., Nunez, C., & Peacock, W. G. (2019). Perspectives from nongovernmental organizations on education and training needs for community disaster recovery.. J Emerg Manag. 17(3), 225-238.
- Zou, L., Lam, N., Shams, S., Cai, H., Meyer, M. A., Yang, S., ... Reams, M. A. (2019). Social and geographical disparities in Twitter use during Hurricane Harvey. International Journal of Digital Earth. 12(11), 1-19.
- Gharaibeh, N., Oti, I., Meyer, M., Hendricks, M., & Van Zandt, S. (2019). Potential of Citizen Science for Enhancing Infrastructure Monitoring Data and Decision-Support Models for Local Communities.. RISK ANALYSIS.
- Meyer, M. A. (2018). Social Capital in Disaster Research. Rodríguez, H., Donner, W., & Trainor, J. E. (Eds.), Handbook of Disaster Research. (pp. 263-286). Springer International Publishing.
- Meyer, M. (2016). The Family's Burden: Perceived Social Network Resources for Individual Disaster Assistance in Hazard-Prone Florida. Jones, E. C., & Faas, A. J. (Eds.), Social Network Analysis of Disaster Response, Recovery, and Adaptation. (pp. 127-141). Elsevier.
- Meyer, M. A. (2016). Climate Change, Environment Hazards and Community Sustainability. Shucksmith, M., & Brown, D. L. (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies. Routledge.
- Meyer, M. A., Cross, J. E., Byrne, Z. S., Franzen, B., & Reeve, S. (2013). Green School Building Success: Innovation through a Flat Team Approach. Constructing Green. (pp. 219-238). The MIT Press.
- Meyer, M. A. (2013). Internal Environmental Displacement: A Growing Challenge to the U.S. Welfare State. Sterett, S. (Eds.), Disaster and Sociolegal Studies. Quid Pro Books.