Michelle entered the Coastal Resources Management Program in the Fall of 2008. Her primary concentration is biology with a strong social science emphasis. She has a long interest in multidisciplinary studies. After receiving her BS in Biology/Geology from the University of Rochester, she worked in salt marsh ecology at Sapelo Island, Georgia and received a MS from University of Georgia. She has 20 years of experience in education, both as a college instructor at four different universities and as the director of an environmental education not-for-profit in Illinois for 10 years. Since June of 2008, Michelle has coordinated outreach activities for the RENCI Engagement Center at ECU, specializing in outreach to K-12 students and teachers. During that time, she has presented programs for hundreds of students and teachers at schools, in the community, and on the ECU campus.
Michelle’s research interests are broad and include the biological and social impacts of climate change and sea level rise. She is particularly interested in community education and decision-making, engagement and outreach. Michelle has also been involved in several research projects at ECU including Severe Weather Communication with Catherine Smith, Donna Kain and Ken Wilson and the Assessing a Community-Based Fisheries Stewardship Education Program with Jennifer Brewer. She likes to get involved in community organizations and volunteers or serves on the boards of several, including ECU’s Chapter of The Coastal Society.