Bridie McGreavy


Bridie McGreavy is Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at UMaine. She is also an Affiliate Faculty of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. Her environmental communication and sustainability science research addresses how, through communication, individuals and communities become resilient and sustainable. She uses ethnographic, mixed, and critical methods to study communication within sustainability science teams and coastal and freshwater management contexts, including a long-term study of resilience in shellfishing communities in Maine.

Her research has been published in journals such as Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Ecology and Society, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. She received National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships for her dissertation and postdoctoral research which she conducted with Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative and the New England Sustainability Consortium respectively.

She is currently a UMaine co-PI on a $6 million grant through NSF’s EPSCoR program to advance a four-year study examining the future of dams in New England. As an environmental communication practitioner, Bridie served as director of environmental education for fifteen years at two non-profit organizations in Maine and was a 2006 Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow. She teaches courses in environmental communication, communication research, and sustainability science. She received a Ph.D. in Communication with a concentration in Sustainability Science from the University of Maine.


Selected Publications


Newman, G., Clyde, M., Chandler, M., McGreavy, B., Haklay, M., Ballard, H., Gray, S., Mellor, D., & Gallo, J. (Accepted). Leveraging the power of place in citizen science for effective conservation decision making. Biological Conservation.

Ackerman, J., Druschke, C.G., McGreavy, B. & Sprain, L. (In press). The skunkwork of ecological engagement. Reflections on Sustainable Communities and Environmental Communication.

Stormer, N., & McGreavy, B. (Accepted). Thinking ecologically about rhetoric’s ontology:  capacity, vulnerability, and resilience.  Philosophy & Rhetoric.

McGreavy, B., Calhoun, A., Jansujwicz, J., & Levesque, V. (2016). Citizen science and natural resource governance: program design for vernal pool policy innovation, Ecology and Society. 21(2):48.

Myer, S.R., Levesque, V., Bieluch, K., Johnson, M.L., McGreavy, B., Dreyer, S., & Smith, H. (2016). Graduate students as boundary spanners: training scientists to meet the challenges of sustainability.  Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 6(2), 344-353. doi: 10.1007/s13412-015-0313-1

McGreavy, B., Druschke, C.G., Sprain, L., Thompson, J., & Lindenfeld, L. (2016). Environmental communication pedagogy for sustainability: developing core capacities to engage complex problems. Applied Environmental Education and Communication. Published online. doi:  10.1080/1533015X.2016.1181018

Druschke, C.G., & McGreavy, B. (2016). Why rhetoric matters for ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 14(1), 46–52, doi:10.1002/16-0113.1

McGreavy, B. (2016). Resilience as discourse. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. 10(1), 104-121. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1014390

McGreavy, B., Lindenfeld, L., Bieluch, K., Silka, L., Leahy, J., & Zoellick, B. (2015). Communication and sustainability science teams as complex systems. Ecology and Society. 20(1): 2.

McGreavy, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2014). Entertaining our way to engagement? Climate change films and sustainable development values. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 17(2), 136. doi 10.1504/IJSD.2014.061766.

McGreavy, B., Silka, L., & Lindenfeld, L. (2014). Interdisciplinarity and actionable science: exploring the generative potential in difference. Journal of Community Practice, 22(1-2), 189-209, doi: 10.1080/10705422.2014.901264.

McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., & Silka, L. (2013). Addressing the complexities of boundary work in sustainability science through communication. Sustainability, 5(10), 4195-4221; doi:10.3390/su5104195.

Lindenfeld, L. A., Hall, D. M., McGreavy, B., Silka, L., & Hart, D. (2012). Creating a place for environmental communication research in sustainability science. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 6(1), 23-43. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2011.640702

McGreavy, B., Webler, T., & Calhoun, A.J.K. (2012). Science communication and vernal pool conservation: a study of local decision maker attitudes in a knowledge-action system. Journal of Environmental Management, 95, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.09.020

Book Chapters and Reviews

McGreavy, B., Druschke, C.G., Sprain, L., Thompson, J., & Lindenfeld, L. (Accepted). Praxis-based environmental communication training: innovative activities for problem solving, T. Milstein, M. Pileggi, and E. Morgan (Eds.). Environmental communication pedagogy & practice.

McGreavy, B., Fox, E., Disney, J., Petersen, C., & Lindenfeld, L. (Accepted). Belonging to the world: rhetorical fieldwork as mundane aesthetic.  In C. Rai & C. Gottschalk Druschke (Eds.). Places of persuasion: Studying rhetoric in the field. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

McGreavy, B. (2016). Invited book review of Chaos and cosmos: Literary roots of modern ecology in British nineteenth century. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1196537