Dr. Michele Clark joined the Grimm lab as a Project Manager for the ESSA (Earth System Science for the Anthropocene) Graduate Scholars Network in February 2021. Michele helps the ESSA network re-envision graduate education in a way that will equitably address environmental challenges in the Anthropocene. In her research, she studies the plant-human relationship and uses ethnoecological approaches to explore how people understand and relate to environments undergoing rapid ecological change. She received her PhD in Environmental Life Sciences from ASU, M.S. in Ecosystem Science and Management from Texas A&M University, and B.S. in Forest and Rangeland Management from the University of Nevada, Reno. While pursuing her Ph.D., Michele mentored and worked with undergraduate students through the WAESO program and completed a Fulbright research grant in Nepal. She is passionate about addressing the lack of diversity in the scientific disciplines and is always looking for ways to engage with students from all backgrounds.
Twitter: @ESSA_ASU and @MicheleDClark1
Ph.D. Environmental Life Sciences, Arizona State University
M.S. Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University
B.S. Forest and Rangeland Ecology and Management, University of Nevada, Reno
ASU Graduate College Completion Award (2020)
Lisa Dent Memorial Award in Ecology (2019-2020)
Knowledge Mobilization (2019)
U.S. Fulbright Scholar - Nepal (2017-2018)
Dr. Michael Cichan Award (Plant Ecology and Botany) (2017)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leader (2016-2017)
Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship (2015-2016)
Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Graduating Masters Student Award (2014)
Outstanding M.S. Student of the Year, Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Management (2014)
Welder Wildlife Fellow, Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation (2013-2014)
Texas A&M University, Graduate Diversity Fellowship (2012-2014)
Certificate of Merit-USDA Forest Service (2011)
My research interests include invasive species management and ecological restoration. I have previously worked in desert and rangeland ecosystems but my current work is concerned with the social and ecological causes and consequences of plant species invasions in forested and tropical systems. More specifically, I focus on assessing the effectiveness of invasive species management techniques in Nepal near the border of Chitwan National Park. This research explores public perceptions of invasive species management and its influence on the adoption of new or modified control techniques, feedbacks between people and the environment, and restoration approaches.
I also have a passion for addressing the lack of diversity within scientific disciplines. I hope to engage undergraduate and high school level students in the ecological sciences and contribute to the diversification of this discipline. I am the Project Manager for the ESSA (Earth System Science for the Anthropocene) initiative at ASU.