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Dr. Michele Dionne

Ph.D. in Biology, Dartmouth College (1991)
M.S. in Zoology, UNC-Chapel Hill (1982)
B.A. in Biology, Bates College (1977)

Current Position and Affiliations
Research Director, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (since 1991)
Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire
Adjunct Graduate Research Faculty, University of Southern Maine
Member: Ecological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Sigma Xi, Coastal and Estuarine Research Society, American Fisheries Society

Professional Experience
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (1991-present): Established research program focused on questions addressing pressing management needs regarding human interactions with coastal watershed and estuarine habitats.  Wells NERR research themes include: land use effects on water resource quality, alteration and restoration of marsh-estuarine hydrology, estuarine habitat-food web linkages, coastal wetland response to climate change, estuarine native-invasive species interactions. Co-author/author of 50 reports and peer-reviewed publications; contributor to numerous additional reports.  Membership on a succession of committees regarding estuarine and marine monitoring and ecosystem-based management. Co-leader of NERRS work groups focused on assessment of coastal wetland/estuarine response to hydrological alteration - both short-term variation and long-term change, especially those produced by climate drivers.  These initiatives will be making increasing use of Hydrographic Services data products and models related to tidal and storm-driven coastal habitat inundation, accretion, erosion and migration (hydrographic and shoreline surveys, water level measurement, current measurements).

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1989-1991):
Post-doctoral research faculty working with J.R. Karr to develop an Index of Biotic Integrity for the management of the main stem of the Tennessee River.

Dartmouth College (1984-1989):
Laboratory instructor for courses in general ecology, comparative animal physiology, and animal behavior.  Instructor for field courses in tropical ecology (aquatic, forest and marine).  Completed doctoral research on the role of vegetated aquatic habitat structure in fish feeding success and growth.

Bates College (1981-1984):
Laboratory coordinator and instructor for core courses in plant, animal and cell biology.   Lecturer in population ecology.  Completed research on the role of environmental variation on the population genetics of a common salt marsh fish.

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