Michelle Staudinger, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle Staudinger is Science Coordinator of the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC), one of the nine regional centers that form the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center network.

Biography

Dr. Michelle Staudinger is the Science Coordinator for the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was originally trained as a fish ecologist studying trophic dynamics in coastal and marine systems. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from Boston University, her M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Science from Stony Brook University, and her Ph.D. in Marine Science and Technology and Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to her position with USGS, Michelle held a position as Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University North Carolina Wilmington where she studied the biodiversity, ecological structure and function of open ocean communities. From there, Michelle held a joint post-doctoral position with the National CASC and the Missouri Cooperative Research Unit where she co-led the development of the technical input on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services as a contribution to the 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA); she also served on the Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services sector team for the 2018 NCA. Michelle’s current work is multifaceted, working with a variety of state, federal, tribal, and non-government partners to understand the socioecological impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources. Recent projects have taken ecosystem-based approaches to understand climate-induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife including diadromous fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Additionally, Michelle has studied how the growing impacts of sea level rise, coastal storms, and flooding increases the risk and vulnerability of intertidal and coastal habitats and dependent species. Through all of these activities, Michelle has worked to coordinate across diverse groups of scientists, managers, and conservation practitioners to develop and synthesize information that supports climate adaptation planning at local, regional, and national scales.