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Meet Our Students - Michelle Johnson

Michelle JohnsonWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2010

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who is your academic advisor?
Dr. Rob Lilieholm and Dr. Chris Cronan

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. in Biology from Eckerd College
M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from University of Vermont

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I chose UMaine and EES because of the interdisciplinary and action-oriented Sustainability Solutions Initiative, particularly the opportunity to work on the Alternative Futures project.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
The Alternative Futures project is focused on developing spatial tools and participatory processes for addressing land use decisions at the town and regional scale within Maine. My dissertation addresses how scenarios of alternative land use futures are constructed and how this affects people’s perception of the future and planning.

What has been your favorite class at UMaine so far?
One of my favorite classes at UMaine was ECO 581 Modeling Sustainability with Dr. Tim Waring, because of the hands-on building of agent-based models.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
To date, my most rewarding research experience has been co-creating land use models with stakeholder groups.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Keep track of paperwork and deadlines for your program. Read broadly and enjoy the opportunity to ask and answer questions that interest you.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes.


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