Gund Graduate Fellow, PhD, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Michael's research explores how ecological economics can inform sound decision-making and governance in a context of competing objectives, uncertainty, and multiple management scales and levels. This lens is applied to the management of water resources, food systems, and rural livelihoods, with a particular focus on Vermont as a case study.

Prior to joining UVM, Michael worked as a senior sustainability specialist at an international environmental consulting firm. He helped private and public sector clients integrate sustainability best practices into development projects and large-scale master planning and regional planning initiatives in the United States and abroad. He has also worked as a researcher focusing on biogeochemical cycling in forest and wetland ecosystems. He holds a master's in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Lund, Sweden and a bachelor's in Physical Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  

Advisor: Jon D. Erickson


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecological economics, food systems, regional economic analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, social theory, policy analysis, physical planning  


  • MS, Sustainability Science, LUMES, Lunds Universitet
  • BS, Physical Geography, McGill University 

Curriculum vitae

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