Audrey L. Mayer
I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. My research fits generally within the framework of multidisciplinary sustainability science. I develop and test sustainability indices for their utility to manage dynamic human-environmental systems from local to global scales. I also look at the impact of economic trade on the sustainability of these systems, the so-called "leakage" effect, and its impact on local ecosystems, the "boomerang" effect. Finally, I am interested in using economic incentive policies and landscape-scale management tools to safeguard forest ecosystem services, commonly referred to as "payment for ecosystem services" (PES).
My training and experience is transdisciplinary, a combination of ecology, policy, and natural resource economics, and I often collaborate with engineers, economists, sociologists and lawyers. My work uses computer simulations, remote sensing and GIS, combined with field data collection, in a variety of habitats. I have conducted field work in the coastal sage scrub in southern California, the Florida Everglades, urbanized watersheds in Cincinnati, protected natural areas throughout the Midwest, and the boreal forest in Finland and Russia.
Audrey Mayer's CV
Audrey Mayer's personal webpage
Stacy (Christiansen) Cotey
I am a Ph.D. student in Forest Science in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. In general I am interested in landscape ecology and wildlife-habitat relationships. Currently I am researching the effects of human activities on the connectivity of riparian landscapes for semi-aquatic animals. I am investigating whether landscape changes at different scales alter wildlife movement, population density, and gene flow. My previous experience includes wildlife biology, watershed management, sustainable agriculture and science education.
Stacy Cotey's CV
Hongmei Lu (Joining the lab in Fall 2016)
Graduate Student Alumni
Jillian Schubert, M.S. in Environmental Policy, 2011. Thesis: "Peer influence in NIPF landowner decision making in the Western Upper Peninsula, Michigan."
Azad Henareh Khalyani, Ph.D. in Forest Science, 2012. Dissertation: "Spatial and temporal analysis of land cover and landscape structure change in Zagros forests."
Aino Virtanen, M.S. in Forestry, 2012. Thesis: "Managerial perceptions on Corporate Social Responsibility: A cross-Atlantic comparison between forest products companies in Europe and North America."
Xuna "Melanie" Yang, M.S. in Environmental and Energy Policy, 2015. Thesis: "An analysis of China's biofuels policy and Chinese discourse on land acquisition for biofuels in Africa."
Jennifer Lind Riehl, M.S. in Environmental Policy, 2015. Thesis: "The role of hybridization and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service biologists' discretion in the implementation of the Endangered Species Act."
Saska Lohi, M.S. in Forest Ecology and Management, 2015. Thesis: "Hitchhiking bats on the Great Lakes of North America."
SM Mizanur Rahman, Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Policy, 2016. Dissertation: "Shipbreaking in Bangladesh: Perspectives from industrial ecology, political ecology and environmental policy."
Ashma Vaidya, Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Policy, 2016. Dissertation: "The utility of the participatory approach for sustainable development assessments."
Last updated: June 22, 2016