Amber Silver

Amber Silver

Assistant Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
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PhD, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

MES, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

BS, Geography (Honors), Sanit Mary's University 

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Amber Silver is an Assistant Professor for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. She received her PhD in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her primary research interests focus on how individuals and groups make decisions before, during, and after high-impact weather. More specifically, she is interested in the roles that public attention, risk perception, and communication play in protective action decision making during extreme events. Her most recent research has focused on the ways that new technologies, including social media, influence how individuals obtain, interpret, and respond to official and unofficial warning information.

Dr. Silver has shared the findings of her research in local, national, and international conferences and symposiums, including The World Weather Open Science Conference, the American Meteorological Society’s annual conference, and the Association of American Geographer’s conference. Her research has also been published in related journals, including Meteorological Applications, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Additionally, Dr. Silver has recently joined the communications task force of the High Impact Weather (HIWx) working group of the World Weather Research Programme of the World Meteorological Organization. This ten-year project aims to understand and improve the communication of weather information to different end-users in order to promote appropriate protective actions.

Other key areas of interest include the impact of environmental disasters on sense of place and place attachment; the use of social media as a risk and crisis communications tool; and the role of new media in collective sense-making during and after disaster.

CEHC Courses Taught

CEHC 344 Emergency Preparedness

CEHC 391 Research Internship in EHC

CEHC 399 Human Dimensions of Extreme Weather 

CINF 307 Current Topics in Social Media


Research Interests

Risk Communication; Social Media; Public Attention; Decision-making; Risk Perception; Severe and Hazardous Weather; Sense of Place