Faculty Participants

Dr. Andrei Alyokhin

Portrait of Dr. Alyokin

Professor of Applied Entomology
School of Biology and Ecology

Ph. D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Phone: 207.581.2977 / 207.581.2551
Email: alyokhin@maine.edu
Office: 315 E Deering Hall / 100B Murray Hall

Research: I am interested in applied insect ecology, evolution, insect behavior, transmission of plant diseases by insect vectors, and integrated pest management.

Dr. Kathleen P. Bell

Portrait of Dr. BellProfessor of Environmental Economics
School of Economics

Ph.D University of Maryland
Phone: 207.581.3156
Email: kpbell@maine.edu
Office: 302 Winslow Hall

Research: Environmental Economics, Land Economics, Public Economics, Sustainability Science

Dr. Sean Birkel

Portrait of Dr. BirkelResearch Assistant Professor
Climate Change Institute

Ph.D University of Maine
Phone: 207.581.2369
Email: birkel@maine.edu
Office: 135 Sawyer Environmental Research Center

Research: Climate and ice sheet modeling; environmental change, data visualization

Dr. Kristina Cammen

Portrait of Dr. CammenAssistant Professor of Marine Mammal Science
School of Marine Sciences

Ph.D. Duke University
Phone: 207.581.2820
Email: kristina.cammen@maine.edu
Office: 151 Hitchner Hall

Research: I approach marine mammal science with a broad focus on ocean health that incorporates interconnected components of animal, human, and ecosystem health by using genetic and genomic techniques to study evolutionary adaptation, population ecology, and conservation biology.

Dr. Angela Daley

Portrait of Dr. DaleyAssistant Professor
School of Economics

Ph.D., Economics, Dalhousie University
Phone: 207.581.3159
Email: angela.daley@maine.edu

Research: Health Economics, Labor Economics, Poverty and Inequality, Applied Microeconomics, Social Policy

Dr. Allison Gardner

Portrait of Dr. GardnerAssistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology
School of Biology and Ecology

PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 207.581.3115
Email: allison.gardner@maine.edu
Office: 310 Deering Hall

Research: I am an entomologist with an interest in the ecology of infectious diseases of humans, wildlife, and domesticated animals that are transmitted by arthropod vectors. My current focal study systems include mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus and tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

M.S. Assistantship: Ecological and Human Dimensions of Deer Management and Lyme Disease – Maine

Ph.D. Assistantship: Social-ecological drivers of mosquito-borne disease risk in the Caribbean

Contact person: Allie Gardner
Contact email: allison.gardner@maine.edu

Dr. Nishad Jayasundara

Portrait of Dr. JayasundaraAssistant Professor
School of Marine Sciences

Ph.D. Stanford University
Phone: 510.778.3140
Email: nishad.jayasundara@maine.edu
Office: 360 Aubert Hall
Lab: Fish Ecophysiology and Toxicology Lab

Research: We use an integrated approach using “omics” tools and physiological studies to address two broad questions: (i) How do organisms, mostly fish, respond to changes in their natural environment? (ii) Can we use populations of fish species in their natural environment as indicators of environmental health?

 Dr. Teresa Johnson

Portrait of Dr. JohnsonAssociate Professor of Marine Policy
School of Marine Sciences

Ph.D Rutgers University

Phone: 207.581.4362
Email: teresa.johnson@maine.edu
Office: 200 Libby Hall
Lab: Johnson Lab

Research: My research focuses on the human dimensions of marine fisheries. Stakeholder engagement; Policy-making; Design of fisheries management institutions; Responses to social and environmental changes in fishing communities.

Dr. Pauline L. Kamath

Portrait of Dr. KamathAssistant Professor of Animal Health
School of Food and Agriculture

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Phone: 207.581.2935
Email: pauline.kamath@maine.edu
Office: 342 Hitchner
Lab: Wildlife Disease Genetics Lab

Research: I am a molecular ecologist with a research focus on host-pathogen evolution and infectious disease transmission dynamics in wildlife disease systems, particularly those involving an interface with livestock and humans.

Dr. Danielle L. Levesque

Portrait of Dr. LevesqueAssistant Professor of Mammalogy and Mammalian Health
School of Biology and Ecology

Ph.D. University of Kwazulu-Natal
Phone: 207.581.2511
Email: danielle.l.levesque@maine.edu
Office: 321 Murray Hall

Research: Influence of microclimate and microclimate availability on mammalian energetics. Predicting vulnerability of mammals to climate variability. Evolutionary physiology, thermoregulatory biology, physiological ecology.

Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner

Portrait of Dr. LichtenwalnerAssociate Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Extension Veterinarian and Director University of Maine Animal Health Laboratory
School of Food and Agriculture

Ph.D. University of Idaho; DVM Oregon State University
Phone: 207.581.2789
Email: anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu
Office: 136 Hitchner Hall

Research: Infectious diseases of livestock, poultry and wildlife.

Dr. Caroline Noblet

Portrait of Dr. NobletAssociate Professor of Economics
School of Economics

Ph.D., Economic Psychology, University of Maine
Email: caroline.noblet@maine.edu

Research: Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Information Processing, Environmental Economics and Behavior, Sustainability Science

Dr. Laura N. Rickard

Portrait of Dr. RickardAssociate Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
Phone:(207) 581-1843
E-Mail: Laura N. Rickard: laura.rickard@maine.edu
Office: 428 Dunn Hall

Research: Whether focusing on how audiences seek information, perceive risk, communicate about scientific issues, or attribute responsibility, her work has broad application to organizational risk and environmental management.

Dr. Linda Silka

Portrait of Dr. SilkaProfessor and Senior Fellow
Mitchell Center

Email: silka@maine.edu
Phone: 207.581.3411

Research: Community-University Partnerships, Program Evaluation, Translating Knowledge into Action, Community Environmental Issues, Citizen Science, Community-Based Participatory Research

Dr. Carly Sponarski

Portrait of Dr. SponarskiAssistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management

Phone: 207-581-2909
Email: carlycs@maine.edu
Office: 222 Nutting Hall
Lab: Human Dimensions Lab

Research: My research focuses on the intersection of human and natural resources systems, where I examine the social impacts and implications of wildlife and fisheries management decision making.

M.S. Assistantship: Ecological and Human Dimensions of Deer Management and Lyme Disease – Maine

Contact person: Allie Gardner
Contact email: allison.gardner@maine.edu

Dr. Mario F. Teisl

Portrait of Dr. TeislDirector and Professor
School of Economics

Ph.D. University of Maryland
Phone: 207.581.3162
E-mail: teisl@maine.edu
Office: 207 Winslow Hall

Research: Valuing changes in environmental and health interventions; Measuring responses to changes in food safety; Measuring the effectiveness of health information policies

Dr. Sandra De Urioste-Stone

Portrait of Dr. De Urioste-StoneAssociate Professor
School of Forest Resources

Ph.D., University of Idaho
Phone: 207.581.2885
Email: sandra.de@maine.edu
Office: 211 Nutting Hall

Research: I am an applied social scientist that has worked in the areas of sustainable rural livelihoods, health and wellbeing.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of my work, the “One Health” approach has been integral to my research in the US and abroad.

Ph.D. Assistantship: Social-ecological drivers of mosquito-borne disease risk in the Caribbean

Contact person: Allie Gardner
Contact email: allison.gardner@maine.edu