Jonathan Lin ’24



Project Title

Trade-offs in Individual/Collective Behavior in Response to COVID-19 and in Anticipation of Climate Change

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My project explored how physical location and socioeconomic factors affect risk perceptions and attitudes related to climate change impacts and policy. This project involved distributing a household survey on climate change attitudes to key neighborhoods in New York City. I worked with geographic information systems (GIS) to identify target neighborhoods, then used a software called QGIS to map data from a previous study that quantified climate risk across the city. That survey measured different areas’ physical risk from climate change, as well as their level of susceptibility based on how difficult it would be to endure and recover from harmful climate impacts. I was able to determine specific Neighborhood Tabulation Areas (NTAs) that fit into four different key categories: high hazard-high susceptibility; high hazard-low susceptibility; low hazard-high susceptibility; and low hazard-low susceptibility. I helped sample the identified neighborhoods by traveling to New York to distribute flyers for our survey, as well as engaging residents through social media advertising. In addition to gaining a better understanding and appreciation of the processes involved in academic research, I enjoyed learning GIS and creating useful visual representations of complicated data. My experience heightened my interest in conducting research related to social sciences and policy.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate and Environmental Science


Levin Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University


Simon Levin, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Elke Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs; Sara Constantino, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and Lecturer in the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Elisabeth Krueger, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, High Meadows Environmental Institute