Dr. Shao is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Alabama. She is also an Early-Career research fellow of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program from 2017-2019. Her primary research interests are focused on human-environment interactions at various geographic scales and their policy implications. Her research can be generalized as: Understanding Human Judgments on Environmental Hazards and Risks in a Geographic Context. Specific interests include: human dimension of climate change, environmental risk perceptions, community resilience to environmental hazards, environmental policies and planning, and environmental hazards and public health. Shao applies many quantitative methods in her research, including geospatial analyses and statistical analyses. The interdisciplinary nature of her research leads her to work across traditional disciplinary lines. She has worked with scholars in a wide range of fields, including climatology, political science, sociology, public policy, communication, civil and environmental engineering, statistics, and economics.