I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. I am also an affiliate faculty member with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. I received a Ph.D. in communication with a concentration in sustainability science from UMaine in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, I was a postdoctoral research fellow with the New England Sustainability Consortium’s Safe Beaches and Shellfish Project, an NSF-funded project to conduct interdisciplinary research related to coastal water quality and public health.
I am broadly interested in relationships between humans and ecosystems and how communication shapes and sustains these relationships. I explore this interest in diverse social-ecological systems and contexts, including large-scale sustainability science collaborations; marine resource and shellfish management; and inland freshwater systems associated with lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
I have an interdisciplinary background, starting with a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the an M.S. in Environmental Studies-Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH in 2008. My Master’s thesis focused on science communication for vernal pool conservation.I was the conservation and education director at Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) from 2001-2010. In that role, I developed place-based environmental education programming for people of all ages and served as a conservation biologist.
On a more personal note, I’ve loved reading books since I was a kid and I’m grateful to have a career that allows me to pursue this interest. I enjoy anything outdoors and winter is, by far, my favorite season. I go for walks in the woods almost every day (using cross country skis when snow is on the ground), and enjoy these and other adventures with my husband, Brian Roche, and our sweet dog Senga. Photography is one of my hobbies, and here are some of my favorite pics:
Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about my work or explore opportunities for working with me at the University of Maine.
Dr. Bridie McGreavy
Department of Communication and Journalism
438 Dunn Hall
University of Maine, Orono 04469