Tuler has been a researcher at the Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) since its founding in 1995. He works in the areas of public participation and social issues in hazard management. From 2003 to 2006, he served on the National Academy of Science's Committee on Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste. Together with Eugene A. Rosa, Thomas Webler, Sharon Friedman, and Roger Kasperson, Tuler provided input to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future about public and stakeholder engagement options. They wrote two commissioned reports on social distrust in the spent nuclear fuel and high level waste management system, and options for public participation. Early in the Commission's process, they and 11 co-authors wrote an article in the journal Science on the need for more attention to the social aspects of nuclear waste management, and the need for better inclusion of social science expertise in waste management planning and program implementation.