Christina Prell, along with her colleagues from Geographical Sciences at UMD, researches the impact of trade networks on the environment. Their work has been highlighted in a number of media outlets:
For example, one of their articles, published in Global Environmental Change, identifies which sectors could put the entire U.S. economy at risk when global oil production peaks (a potential scenario commonly referred to as "Peak Oil"). Through the combination of input-output analysis and social network analysis, the authors make recommendations to government, private and commercial sectors to reduce the vulnerability of particular sectors.
This paper has been picked up by a variety of media outlets, including The Guardian, a mainstream newspaper in the UK (http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/business-locked-destructive-relationship-oil). In addition, according to Altmetric.com, this article receives relatively high visibility via social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and science blogs.