Congratulations SOE Graduate Alumna Hannah Merriam

Hannah Merriam successfully defended her M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy in May 2020. Her graduate research investigated the ability of Maine clammers to adapt their harvesting strategies and mitigate financial losses from environmental closures of clam flats. Hannah was advised by SOE faculty members Dr. Keith S. Evans (chair), Dr. Kathleen P. Bell, and Dr. Caroline L. Noblet. During her time at UMaine, Hannah presented her research at regional and national conferences, participated in stakeholder meetings, and engaged with marine resource managers. Hannah also excelled in multiple leadership roles at UMaine, including serving as a graduate representative to SOE faculty and as a member of the UMaine Graduate Student Government. Hannah recently started a paid internship at Efficiency Maine. As part of her work as a data analyst, Hannah is researching load management plans and developing simulations using Advanced Metering Infrastructure data from two electrical utilities in Maine. According to Hannah, “my time at the University of Maine not only provided me with the technical skills necessary to succeed but also enhanced my learning agility. I found that the ability to learn quickly, think critically and take constructive criticism has proven just as valuable as the technical skills.” The SOE community is proud of Hannah’s academic and professional achievements. Congratulations Hannah, and stay in touch!