I am on sabbatical leave through mid September 2016. I’ll be researching stakeholder participation in community planning, including a visit to the Netherlands to study with colleagues at several universities including Technical University of Delft. In order to focus on this project, I won’t be monitoring this email or my voicemail closely. So if it’s important to be in touch, please call the Maine Sea Grant office at 207-581-1435.
As Southern Maine Marine Extension Associate for Maine Sea Grant, Kristen keeps an office at the Wells Reserve. She has worked in that region of the state since 1999. Because York and Cumberland counties are within a one to two hour driving distance of Boston, Southern Maine is experiencing rapid population and development pressure as the housing boom in the greater Boston area continues at a rapid pace, pricing out many residents and pushing them further and further south, west, and north of the city. These realities create a set of regional issues and opportunities that distinguish this region from other parts of the state.
In response to these issues, the majority of Kristen's work focuses on the interactions between humans and coastal ecosystems and includes community-based stewardship and monitoring programs, as well as habitat restoration initiatives. To this work, Kristen brings a Master of Science degree focused on Environmental Education, and has an extensive background in outreach education and community development.