College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Michael Dahlstrom

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Matt Wettengel

Associate Professor


215 Hamilton Hall


Spring 2016

MW 12:00-1:00 pm

Year at ISU



  • Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communications and Environmental Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • M.S., Biophysics, Iowa State University, 2004
  • B.A., Journalism, Iowa State University, 2002
  • B.S., Biophysics, Iowa State University, 2002

Teaching and Research

  • Science communication, principles of agricultural journalism and communication, communication theory, writing and reporting, mass communication and society


  • Goodwin, J., & Dahlstrom, M.F. (2014). Good reasons for trusting climate science communication. WIREs Climate Change, 5(1), 151-160. doi: 10.1002/wcc.262
  • Dahlstrom, M.F. (2013). The moderating influence of narrative causality as an untapped pool of variance for narrative persuasion. Communication Research. Online before print. doi: 10.1177/0093650213487374
  • Dahlstrom, M. F., & Ho, S. S. (2012). Ethical considerations of using narrative to communicate science. Science Communication, 34(5), 592-617. doi: 10.1177/1075547012454597
  • Dahlstrom, M. F. (2012). The persuasive influence of narrative causality: Psychological mechanism, strength in overcoming resistance, and persistence over time. Media Psychology, 15(3), 303-326. doi: 10.1080/15213269.2012.702604

Current Research

  • Exploring the use of narratives and storytelling to communicate science; ethical considerations of communicating science; communicating beyond human scale, reaching underrepresented woman landowners with conservation communication.


  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • Current Search Committees
  • Promotion and Tenure

News Sources

  •,, google news, des moines register, iowa state daily


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Playing the organ

Favorite Media Products

  • Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (Poetry)
  • Handbook of the Birds/ Mammals of the World (Reference book series)
  • Sigur Ros (Musical Group)
  • Winged Migration (Documentary)
  • The Legend of Zelda (Video game series)