Hamish Greig named EES Assistant Director, Graduate Coordinator

EES is happy to announce that Dr. Hamish Greig joined its leadership team. Greig started a three-year term as the EES Assistant Director and Graduate Coordinator in September. An Assistant Professor of Stream Ecology at UMaine, his research studies how environmental gradients influence community structure and function. Many of his graduate students are pursuing EES degrees. Greig is an enthusiastic supporter of the interdisciplinary mission of the EES program and his research evaluating how changing climate, forests, invasives, and other factors affect fish and macroinvertebrate ecology is emblematic of core connections across EES disciplines.

In his role as Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Greig serves as a resource for prospective graduate students that are interested in learning more about our degree options and the application process. He also works with current graduate students and their advisors to help them meet EES and UMaine degree requirements. Greig is interested in building on the excellent work of his predecessor Assistant Director and Graduate Coordinator Dr. Brian Olsen: establishing a stronger cohort for EES graduate students, more networking opportunities for EES students, professional development opportunities, and developing unique funding opportunities. “The EES program provides a unique opportunity for UMaine graduate students to meld the ideas and approaches of different disciplines and immerse themselves in a diverse network of collaborators. I am excited to join the EES leadership team in helping our students to develop as interdisciplinary scientists, make discoveries, and solve environmental problems,” Greig said.

EES would like to thank Brian Olsen for his three years of service to EES, and to congratulate him on his new role of Chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. Reflecting on the leadership transition, EES Director Sarah Nelson said, “While we will miss Brian’s novel ideas, boundless enthusiasm, and signature laugh, I’m thrilled that Hamish has joined the EES leadership team. He is an excellent graduate student mentor and his background and research highlight the success of bringing a forward-looking, interdisciplinary approach to bear on pressing environmental problems.”  To learn more about Dr. Greig and his research visit the School of Biology and Ecology website. For information about EES graduate programs, visit our website.