Bridie McGreavy


    Additional information on Bridie’s research, student reseachers, teaching, and partnerships


Bridie McGreavy is Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at UMaine. She is also a Faculty Fellow with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. She is broadly interested in relationships between humans and ecosystems and how communication shapes sustainability and justice efforts in coastal shellfishing communities, river restoration and freshwater conservation initiatives, and diverse collaborations to address complex problems. Her 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. Bridie received a Ph.D. in Communication with a concentration in Sustainability Science from the University of Maine in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, she was a postdoctoral research fellow with the New England Sustainability Consortium’s Safe Beaches and Shellfish Project, an NSF-funded project to conduct interdisciplinary research related to coastal water quality and public health systems associated with lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Bridie has an interdisciplinary background, with a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and an M.S. in Environmental Studies-Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH in 2008. Her Master’s thesis focused on science communication for vernal pool conservation.

Selected Publications


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


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

Weir, M., Ashcraft, C., Leuchanka, N., McGreavy, B., Vogler, E., Guilfoos, T. (2020). Distributive and Integrative Language Effects on Bargaining. PLOS One.

McGreavy, B. (2020). “It’s just a cycle”: Resilience, poetics, and intimate disruptions. Invited article accepted to a special issue of POROI. 15(1), 1-23. doi: 10.13008/2151-2957.1302

Jakositz, S., Pillsbury, L., Greenwood, S., Fahnestock, M., McGreavy, B., Bryce, J., Mo, W. (2020). Protection through participation: Crowdsourced tap water quality monitoring for enhanced public health. 169, Water Research.

Quiring, T., McGreavy, B., Hathaway, C. (2020). Affective encounters with tidal livelihoods: Digital field rhetorics for justice and care. Environmental Communication. 14(3), 416-429,

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 researchers. Sustainability Science. Published online:

Roy, S.G., Uchida, E., de Sousa, S. P., Blachly, B., Fox, E., Gardner, K., Gold, A., Jansujwicz, J., Klein, S., McGreavy, B., Mo, W., Smith, S.M.C., Vogler, E., Wilson, K., Zydlewski, J. & Hart, D. (2018). Damming decisions: A multi-scale approach to balance trade-offs among dam infrastructure, river restoration, and cost. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(47), 12069-12074.

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,

Suldovsky, B., McGreavy, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2018). Evaluating epistemic commitments and science communication practice in transdisciplinary research. Science Communication. 40(4), 499-523,

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.

Lundberg, E., Druschke, C.G., McGreavy, B., Randall, S., Quiring, T., Fisher, A., Soluri, F., Dallas, H., Hart, D. & Gardner, K., (2017). Media coverage, public opinion, and communication about hydropower, dams, and climate change. In M. Nisbet (Ed.). Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.442

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

Suldovsky, B., McGreavy, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2017). Science communication and stakeholder expertise: Insights from sustainability science. Environmental Communication, Published online May 2017:

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

Ackerman, J., Druschke, C.G., McGreavy, B. & Sprain, L. (2016). The skunkwork of ecological engagement. Reflections on Sustainable Communities and Environmental Communication16(1), 75-95.

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.

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

Newman, G., Chandler, M., Clyde, M., McGreavy, B., Haklay, M., Ballard, H., Gray, S., Scarpino, R., Hauptfeld, R., Mellor, D., & Gallo, J. (2016). Leveraging the power of place in citizen science for effective conservation decision making. Biological Conservation. Published online.

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

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

McGreavy, B., and Lindenfeld, L. (2014) Entertaining our way to engagement? Climate change films and sustainable development valuesInternational Journal of Sustainable Development, 17(2), 123-136. 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.


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