Bridie McGreavy



Bridie McGreavy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine and a Faculty Fellow with the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. She studies how communication shapes sustainability and justice efforts in coastal shellfishing communities, river restoration and freshwater conservation initiatives, and transdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. McGreavy is currently chair of the Science Advisory Committee for the Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Fund, which provides seed grants to shellfish harvesters and municipalities for coastal adaptation efforts. She serves as the Project Leader for the Maine Shellfish Learning Network, a coastwide initiative to support learning, leadership and equity in Maine and Wabanaki wild clam and mussel fisheries. Dr. McGreavy is also a lead investigator on the Maine-eDNA Project, a $20 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR project where her engaged research helps connect multiple forms of knowledge with coastal management for water quality monitoring and sustainable fisheries. Her research has been published in interdisciplinary journals such as Environmental Communication, Ecology and Society, Sustainability Science, and Philosophy and Rhetoric. Her co-edited book, Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches was published in 2018 and advances ecological thinking in communication to support social-environmental justice and sustainability.

Selected Publications


McGreavy, B., Wells, J., McHendry, G., & Senda-Cook, S. (Eds.) (2018). Tracing rhetoric and material life: Ecological approaches.  London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Featured Articles

McGreavy, B., Ranco, D., Daigle, J., Greenlaw, S., Altvater, N., Quiring, T., Michelle, N., Paul, J., Binette, M., Benson, B., Sutton, T., Hart, D. (In press). Science in indigenous homelands: Addressing power and justice in sustainability science from/with/in the Penobscot River. Sustainability Science.

Flye, M., Sponarksi, C., Zydlewski, J., McGreavy, B. (2021). Understanding collaborative governance from a communication network perspective: A case study of the Atlantic Salmon Recovery Framework. Environmental Science and Policy. 115, 79-90.

Jansujwicz, J., Calhoun, A., Bieluch, K., McGreavy, B., Silka, L., Sponarski, C. (2020). Localism “re-imagined”: Building a more robust localist paradigm for overcoming emerging conservation challenges. Environmental Management.

McGreavy, B., Kelley, S., Ludden, J., Card, D., Cogbill-Seiders, E., Derk, I., Gordon, C., Haynal, K., Krzus-Shaw, K., Parks, M.M., Petts, A., Ross, D.G., Walker, K. (2020). “No(t) Camping”: Engaging Intersections of Housing, Transportation, and Environmental Justice through Critical Praxis. Review of Communication. 20(2), 119-127,: 10.1080/15358593.2020.1737191

Roy, S.G., de Sousa, S.P., McGreavy, B., Druschke, C.G., Hart, D., Gardner, K. (2019). Discovering the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences for training the next generation of interdisciplinary, solutions-driven researchersSustainability Science. Published online:

McGreavy, B., Randall, S., Quiring, T., Hathaway, C., & Hillyer, G. (2018). Enhancing adaptive capacities in coastal communities through engaged communication research: Insights from a statewide study of shellfish co-management. Ocean and Coastal Management. 163(1), 240-253,

Bednarek, A., Wyborn, C., Cvitanovic, C., Meyer, R., Colvin, R., Addison, P., Close, S., Curran, K; Farooque, M., Goldman, E, Hart, D., Mannix, H., McGreavy, B., Parris, A.; Posner, S., Robinson, C.; Ryan, M., & Leith, P. (2018). Boundary-spanning at the science-policy interface: The practitioners’ perspectives. Sustainability Science

McGreavy, B., & Hart, D. (2017). Sustainability science and climate change communication. In M. Nisbet (Editor in Chief). OxfordEncyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.563

Stormer, N., & McGreavy, B. (2017). Thinking ecologically about rhetoric’s ontology: capacity, vulnerability, and resilience.  Philosophy & Rhetoric50(1).

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

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

McGreavy, B. (2016). Resilience as discourseEnvironmental 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. Communication and sustainability science teams as complex systemsEcology and Society, 20(1): 2.


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