Dr. Alexa Lamm

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication, Associate Director of Center for Public Issues Education

Alexa Lamm is an assistant professor in the department and the Associate Director of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Lamm received her undergraduate (1999) and M.A. degree (2000) from Colorado State University in Animal Science and Extension Education respectively. She then worked as an agricultural extension agent in Colorado for eight years before getting her doctorate from the University of Florida in Program Development and Evaluation.

Lamm specializes in conducting research on how people make decisions and build consensus around agricultural and natural resource issues. Specifically, she examines how individual and group level cognition impacts the decision making and consensus building process, the role of opinion leaders in driving community decision making and how educational initiatives can be targeted to have maximum effect in assisting with informed decision making.

For her extension appointment, Lamm serves on the extension leadership team focused on enhancing and protecting water quality, quantity, and supply. Her role is to assist in public awareness of water issues and enhanced community decision-making. Lamm is also certified in several personality, problem solving and critical thinking assessments including the MBTI, KAI, True Colors and UFCTI. She offers team building and leadership workshops to assist groups increase effectiveness, build trust and provide leadership within their organizations and communities.

Recent Publications

  • Lamm, A. J., Carter, H., Settle, Q., & Odera, E. (2016). The influence of problem solving style on team dynamics when building consensus. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 4(1), 18-33. Retrieved from!current-issue-1/yg31h
  • Gay, K. D., Leal, A., Ruth, T. K., Lamm, A. J., & Rumble, J. N. (2015). Comparing the use of visual analogue scales and likert scales in international agricultural and extension education surveys. Journal of International Agriculture and Extension Education, 22(2). doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2015.22203
  • Gay, K., Terry, B., & Lamm, A. J. (2015). Identifying critical thinking style to enhance volunteer development. Journal of Extension, 53(6). Retrieved from 
  • Holt, J., Rumble, J. N., Telg, R. & Lamm, A. J. (2015). The message or the channel: An experimental design of consumers’ perceptions of a local food message and the media channel used to deliver the information. Journal of Applied Communication, 99(4), 6 – 19. Retrieved from http://journalofapplied /images/ stories/issues/2015/jac_v99_n4_article1.pdf
  • Huang, P., & Lamm, A. J. (2015). Impact of experience and participation in Extension programming on perceptions of water quality issues. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 22(3).Doi:10.5191/jiaee.2015.22303 
  • Huang, P., & Lamm, A. J. (2015). Understanding public engagement in water conservation behaviors and knowledge of water policy: Promising hints for Extension. Journal of Extension, 53(6). Retrieved from
  • Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., & Carter, H. (2015). Bridging water issue knowledge gaps between the general public and opinion leaders. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(3), 146-161. DOI: 10.5032/jae.2015.03146
  • Leal, A., Rumble, J., & Lamm, A. J. (2015). Setting the agenda: Exploring Floridian's perceptions of water quality and quantity issues. Journal of Applied Communications, 99(3), 53-67. Retrieved from
  • Odera, E., Lamm, A. J., Odera, L. C., Duryea, M., & Davis, J. (2015). Understanding how research experiences foster undergraduate research skill development and influence STEM career choice. NACTA Journal, 59(3). Retrieved from 
  • Rodriguez, M. T., Lamm, A. J., Odera, E., Owens, C. T., & Thompson, S. (2015). Evaluating impacts of school-based Extension garden programs from a child’s perspective. Journal of Extension, 53(1). Retrieved from 
  • Warner, L. A., Rumble, J. N., Martin, E., Lamm, A. J., & Cantrell, R. A. (2015). The effect of strategic message selection on residents’ intent to conserve water in the landscape. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(3). 59-74. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.04059.
  • Blackburn, J., Robinson, S., & Lamm, A. J. (2014). How cognitive style and problem complexity affect preservice agricultural education teachers' abilities to solve problems in agricultural mechanics. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(4), 133-147. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.04133.
  • Gorham, L., Lamm, A. J., & Rumble, J. (2014). The critical target audience: Communicating water conservation behaviors to critical thinking styles. Journal of Applied Communications, 98(4), 42-55.
  • Lamm, K. W., Lamm, A. J., & Carter, H. S. (2014). Opinion leadership development: Context and audience characteristics count. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(2), 91-105. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.02091. 
  • Lamm, A. J., Lamm, K. W., & Strickland, L. R. (2013). Focusing on the future: Understanding faculty intent to lead the land grant system. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(4), 92-103. 
  • Lamm, A. J., Roberts, T. G., Harder, A., Stedman, N., & Hartmann, M. (2013). Identifying best practices for engaging faculty in international agricultural education experiences. Journal of Human Science and Extension, 1(2), 16-31. 
  • Odera, E., Lamm, A. J., Owens, C., Thompson, S., & Carter, L. (2013). The impact of extension gardening programs on healthy attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Human Science and Extension, 1(2), 47-62. 
  • Lamm, A. J., & Israel, G. D. (2013). A national examination of extension professionals’ use of evaluation: Does intended use improve effort? Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 1(1), 49-62. Retrieved from
  • Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., & Diehl, D. (2013). A national perspective on the current evaluation activities in Extension. Journal of Extension, 51(1). Retrieved from 
  • Israel, G. D., & Lamm, A. J. (2012). Item nonresponse in a client survey of the general public. Survey Practice, April. Retrieved from 

Recent Awards & Honors

  • 2016 Distinguished Research Paper, American Association for Agricultural Education, Southern Region                  
  • 2014 Vance Publishing 40 Under 40 in Ag Honoree 
  • 2014 Wells Fargo Extension Professorship 
  • 2014 Two Distinguished Research Papers, American Association for Agricultural Education 
  • 2014 Research Paper of the Year, Association for Communication Excellence 
  • 2013 Feature Article of the Year, Journal of Extension 
  • 2013 Extension Initiative Innovation Team Award 
  • 2012 University of Florida IFAS “High Impact” Research Publication

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication, Associate Director of Center for Public Issues Education