Northeast Climate Science Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ph.D., Marine Science and Natural Resources Conservation (University of Massachusetts Amherst), M.S., Marine and Atmospheric Science (Stony Brook University) , B.S., Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences (Boston University)
Michelle is the Science Coordinator of the DOI Northeast Climate Science Center, and Adjunct Assistant Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Previously she held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri Columbia and the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, and was a Visiting Assistant Research Faculty in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Michelle has a B.S. in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from Boston University, an M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Science from Stony Brook University, and a PhD in Marine Science and Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Michelle’s primary research interests are in marine ecology and climate change impacts on marine and aquatic biodiversity. Michelle was a lead author on the Technical Input on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services to the 2013 National Climate Assessment,which was produced as part of a national synthetic workgroup seeking to assess 1) how climate change has affected biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services to date, 2) the projected impacts during the coming century, and 3) potential response options for managers and policy makers. Results were also published as a special issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.