Graduate Program Director, MS in Sustainability Science
Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Geosciences
Assistant Graduate Program Director, MS in Sustainability Science
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.
Darci Connor Maresca is an advisor and instructor in the MS in 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.
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