Melissa Flye

Melissa Flye, Ph.D. student
Advisor: Carly Sponarski – Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
Start Date:  Spring 2020
M.S. 2019, Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME
B.S. 2013, Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME
melissa.flye@maine.edu, 207.581.2939

Brief Biography: As a Maine native, I’ve spent much of my life enjoying the rich natural heritage of New England, which sparked my interest in the natural world at an early age. As an undergrad, I studied wildlife ecology, and after a couple of years working on anadromous fisheries research projects, I am excited to be back at the University of Maine!

Current Research: My research focuses on the social dimensions that shape the management of Atlantic salmon in Maine. By studying the social science and policy interface of Atlantic salmon recovery decision-making, I hope to better understand the barriers to collaboration and the opportunities for institutional transformation. We contend that an evaluation of the interactions among management entities in the face of uncertainty may inform the processes by which recovery policies and actions are made.

Getting over the dam: Overcoming institutional barriers to the recovery of Atlantic salmon by navigating the social-science/policy interface