SSI Postdoctoral Fellow,
Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative,
University of Maine
What problem/s are you working to solve?
I’m working on understanding how climate change will affect the species that are ecologically, economically and culturally important to the state of Maine.
How could your findings contribute to a more sustainable future in Maine and beyond?
Understanding how climate change will affect species in Maine will help us to preserve our food supply, our livelihoods and our unique ecosystems as Maine continues to experience warmer winters, less snow fall and warmer summers.
Why did you decide to join SSI?
I wanted to work on climate change problems, but from a solutions-oriented approach. So much of ecology is simply describing what effect climate change will have on particular species or ecosystems. Only by including people into the ecology, recognizing that all species are in some way a part of a social ecological system, can we make strides towards solutions. SSI is doing just that!
What’s the best part about collaborating on SSI research projects?
Getting to learn entirely new approaches to climate change research from other disciplines. I especially love working with the knowledge to action and sustainability behaviors teams.
Where’s your favorite place in Maine?
Exposed granite balds, surrounded by alpine plants and a view to the coast.
What’s your ultimate Maine experience?
Climbing Katahdin via the knife edge trail and then kayaking across a lake to camp for the night. Also, sea cliff climbing at Otter Cliffs in Acadia!
Mud season survival strategy?
A great pair of rain boots and frequent walks in the woods to watch the snow melt progress!
What sustains you?
Wilderness, acrobatics and dear friends
Additional information on Christine and her SSI teams
Effects of Climate Change on Organisms
Faculty Mentor: Brian McGill