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Researchers - Chris Cronan

Professor, School of Biology and Ecology
University of Maine
Faculty Expert Guide available

What problem/s are you working to solve?
We are trying to identify future land conservation targets in Maine and stream ecosystems that may be at risk from future human development activities.

What progress are you making toward solutions?
We have a landscape spatial model that is nearly ready for implementation to address our research objectives.

How could your findings contribute to a more sustainable future in Maine and beyond?
Our model is intended to identify land areas that are most suitable for development, conservation, and resource management, thus providing a way to promote smart growth.

Why did you decide to join SSI?
I helped to develop the original concept for SSI, so I was onboard from the start.

What’s the best part about collaborating on SSI research projects?
Interacting with new interesting colleagues.

Where’s your favorite place in Maine?
The coast.

What’s your ultimate Maine experience?
Sailing or kayaking with family.

Mud season survival strategy?
Leave the mud behind and hike a mountain.

What sustains you?
Dark chocolate.

Additional information about Chris and his team:

SSI Research Project: Mapping a Sustainable Future
School of Biology and Ecology Faculty Page

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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail: umgmc@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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