Darci Connor Maresca is the Interim Graduate Program Director of the MS Sustainability Science (MS3) Program and the Assistant Director for the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more than fifteen years, she has worked at the intersection of science, policy, and people for relevant environmental issues and sustainability initiatives. Deeply committed to progress and inclusion, her career focuses on examining complex environmental and societal challenges, and developing practicable solutions through a collaborative, cross-interest approach. Darci’s work has taken her across the country with projects ranging from open space planning, an award-winning coastal resiliency and preparedness program, a stakeholder- drive, science-guided marine spatial planning process, and stakeholder engagement and communications.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Geosciences
Lecturer, Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Geosciences
Dr. Eric Thomas is a Lecturer in the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Geosciences. Dr. Thomas is an environmental anthropologist whose research applies a critical development perspective to contemporary state and capitalist projects along remote resource frontiers. For the past five years, he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the coast of Chilean Patagonia, where a series of harmful algal blooms have resulted in the closure of fisheries and mass mortality events at local salmon farms. Conducted in the wake of these disasters, his work examines the relationship between industrial aquaculture and artisanal fishing in remote coastal communities as well as the long-term sustainability of these and other sectors of the coastal economy. His research methods include participant observation, career history surveys, participatory mapping, and semi-structured interviews. He is originally from mid-coast Maine and received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Head of Department of Environmental Conservation
Curt's teaching and research interests are in biodiversity conservation, wetland wildlife ecology and management, and integrated natural resources management issues. Although his research program addresses both applied and basic ecological questions, it focuses primarily on the conservation of biological diversity and providing a strong science base for management decisions. Thus, his overall research program is very applied and is largely driven by the resource conservation needs of local, state and federal agencies, NGOs, and international organizations. He also has a strong commitment to and involvement in development of local, state, national, and international policies relating to wetlands protection, endangered species management, and conservation of biological diversity.
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