Dr. Cameron Wake - Faculty Chair
Cameron leads a research program investigating regional climate change through the analysis of ice cores records and instrumental data, and communicating the science and impacts of climate change with a range of regional stakeholders. Cameron also helps lead Climate Solutions New England, a collaborative effort to secure healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities through the pursuit of integrated solutions that include building energy self-reliance and weather resilience. He is also the faculty chair of the Sustainability Dual Major.
His collaborative research on several regional climate assessments in the northeast United States has been shared with municipal, state, and federal agencies and representatives, has been covered widely in the media, and has been cited by several as motivation for policy action. He is an author on over 75 scientific papers and several peer-reviewed reports, and has mentored dozens of graduate students. In addition, he has provided hundreds of interviews for state, regional, and national media. In recognition of his engaged scholarship around the issue of climate change, Cameron was awarded the UNH Faculty Award of Excellence in Public Service in 2010.
Dr. Wake received a B.Sc. in Geology (1984) from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. in Geography (1987) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (1993) from the University of New Hampshire.
Contact: cameron dot wake at unh dot edu
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Dr. Vanessa Levesque - Assistant Director and Lecturer
Dr. Levesque received her PhD in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine as a research fellow with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her teaching and research integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines, with a particular interest in sustainability science, collaborative governance and institutional analysis. Dr. Levesque holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont and a BA in Ecology and Evolution from Dartmouth College.
In addition to her academic background, Dr. Levesque has worked in the field of environmental planning and policy at local, state and federal levels. She was the Natural Resources Planner for the Town of Brunswick, a planner for Maine’s Coastal Program, and a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow. She is a trained facilitator, has taught environmental education, and spent three years in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer.