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. Matthew Chatfield

Portrait of Dr. Matthew Chatfield. He is smiling at the camera and wears a blue plaid shirt with a collar. He is standing outside in front of greenery.

Assistant Professor of Evolution and Eco-Health
School of Biology and Ecology

Ph.D. University of Michigan
Phone: 207.581.2568
Email: matthew.chatfield@maine.edu
Office: 311 Murray Hall

Research: I study turtle population health with an emphasis on the impacts of ecological change, such as shifts in land use and climate change. Possible projects include predator surveys, weather-induced changes in behavior, and growth patterns.

Dr. Kiley Daley

Portrait of Dr. Kiley Daley. He is wearing an orange fleece jacket and sunglasses on his head. He has short brown hair and a beard. He is smiling at the camera and is outdoors in front of a lake or the ocean.

Research Associate
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
Ph.D. Dalhousie University
Phone: 207-581-1648
Email: kiley.daley@maine.edu
Office: 207 York Complex #4
Research: I am an environmental health researcher focused on water- and sanitation-related disease and sustainable development. I am particularly interested in rural and Indigenous communities, including the Arctic. My research is conducted using risk assessment and epidemiological methods, often incorporating community-based and participatory elements.

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

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. Sue Ishaq

Portrait of Sue Ishaq. She is wearing a white sleeveless blouse and silver earrings. She has short, strait brown hair and is looking directly at the came. She is standing in a snowy forest. Assistant Professor in Animal and Veterinary Sciences
School of Food and Agriculture

Ph.D., University of Vermont
Phone: 207.581.2770
Email: sue.ishaq@maine.edu
Office: 108 Rogers Hall
Lab: sueishaqlab.org/ 

Research: The Ishaq lab focuses on the gut microbiome of animals, and particularly in ruminants, both wild and domestic. The majority of our work focuses on host-microbe interactions and how we can recover a stable microbial community in humans and animals which have already gotten to the point of chronic microbial community dysfunction and disease.

 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. Angela Mech

Portrait of Angela Mech. She is wearing a black blazer with a bright pink shirt underneath, and silver dragonfly earrings. She has chin-length wavy brown hair and is smiling at the camera. Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology
School of Biology and Ecology

Ph.D., University of Georgia
Phone: 207.581.2984
Email: angela.mech@maine.edu
Office: 306 Deering Hall

Research: I am a forest entomologist and invasion biologist interested in forest disturbances caused by insects, and I conduct research that focuses on understanding, monitoring, and mitigating the impacts of tree and forest pests.

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. 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