Michelle joined GMRI in August of 2010 as a part of the Community team's Fisheries Technical Assistance Program and in July 2011 she became the program's Communications Coordinator. In her communications role, Michelle develops objective outreach and communications media that translate complex fisheries science and management information to the program's broad fishing industry audiences.
Prior to joining GMRI, Michelle worked in the small fishing community of Puerto San Carlos in Baja, Mexico where she developed a passion for studying the complex social-ecological systems fusing fishing communities with the marine resources they depend on for economic, social, and cultural survival.
Michelle grew up in New England and has a Masters degree in Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment with a concentration in coastal environmental management and a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis. She has a BA from Tufts University in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.