Afton Hupper, B.S. 2017

Afton Hupper received her B.S. from the University of Maine Ecology and Environmental Sciences program in 2017, with a concentration in sustainability, environmental policy and natural resource management, and a minor in sustainable food systems. As an undergraduate, Afton held internships and research positions with the Orono Economic Development Corporation, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the UMaine Anthropology department, as well as the School of Economics. She describes her work and experience in the video below.

After writing and defending an honors thesis on cooperation in the local food economy under her advisor Dr. Tim Waring in 2017, she received the prestigious Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually the outstanding student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture at the University of Maine.

After earning her B.S. in 2017, Afton decided to stay at UMaine to pursue her M.S. in resource economics and policy and continue her research in Dr. Waring’s lab. She completed her M.S. in resource economics and policy in May of 2019 and started a new position at the Maine Aquaculture Association as their new outreach and development specialist in June of 2019.

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Afton Hupper giving her acceptance speech for the Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Prize from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture in 2017.