Dr. Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter is a native of New York City, and received his B.A. in Geography and Anthropology at Hunter College, where he first became interested in human dimensions of environmental change and sustainability.  He received a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, and practiced law in Florida and New York, primarily focused on litigation in state and Federal courts at both the trial and appellate level while drinking an unhealthy amount of caffeine. During this period he also obtained an M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy from Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, before returning to get his Ph.D. at the Abess Center. He remains licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and before the Federal District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. 

Andrew studies the development of both mercury policy and mercury science, and how policymakers, scientists, and the general public perceive and act upon risk and uncertainty concerning mercury. He approaches these issues through a framework that uses mental models theory informed by science and technology studies, decision science, and cultural anthropology. He has taught rising middle school students science writing as part of the Research in Ecology program at the University of Miami, as well as environmental law and environmental justice to undergraduates. 

You can contact him at: a.carter4@umiami.edu.  You can check out his CV here.


Carter, Andrew (forthcoming). Alchemical rulemaking and ideological framing: Lessons from the 40- year battle to regulate mercury emissions from electric power plants. Natural Resources Journal. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2951275

Carter, Andrew (in progress). Epistemological foundations of environmental policy analysis: Can critical realism bridge the neopositivist-interpretivist divide? 

Carter, Andrew (in progress). Quicksilver anxieties: Evolving cultural models of mercury in the 20th century from Minamata to the anti-vaccination movement.

Carter, Andrew (in progress). Philosophical foundations of environmental policy analysis: Can critical realism bridge the neopositivist-interpretivist divide?


Carter, Andrew (2017). Mental models of mercury risk among South Florida anglers. Presentation at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Providence, RI, July 18, 2017. 

Carter, Andrew (2017). Clear air and unclear science: Uncertainty and ideology in the federal rulemaking process. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA, Jan. 24, 2017.

Carter, Andrew (2016). Cognitive approaches to environmental reasoning and decision making: Mental models. Presented at the cognitive studies working group, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, Nov. 1, 2016.

Carter, Andrew (2014). Fish contamination in South Florida: Risk and risk perception. Presented at the Department of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. Sept. 12, 2014.