Michelle is a PhD student in the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at UVM. Her current research is focused on assessing the tradeoffs between meeting renewable energy needs through forest biomass, biodiversity, carbon storage, forest sustainability, and forest products.
Michelle is broadly interested in integrating ecological and social sciences to solve conservation problems. She has spent her professional career working for The Nature Conservancy, most recently leading a regional initiative to improve aquatic habitat and human community resilience to flooding through transportation infrastructure redesign. Michelle commutes to UVM from the Adirondacks where she gets her wilderness fix and grows garlic.
Dissertation: Effects of Forest Biomass Energy Production on Northern Forest Wildlife and Forest Sustainability