Alysa’s work as a community ecologist includes researching which habitat features and human activities influence species diversity. She focuses on dragonfly ecology as well as biodiversity of hemlock forests. Alysa teaches courses in biology and the Environmental Citizen core. She also enjoys the diversity of senior thesis and internship projects that she advises. Alysa lives in Unity, where she is very involved in the work of conservation land trusts and the Unity Barn Raisers. She served as board president for the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance and organized the first and second annual Day of Service events in Unity. Dr. Remsburg loves making positive contributions to the Unity community and helping students make connections off campus.
Alysa developed a passion for nature while growing up in western Michigan. Her excitement for teaching college students arose while attending a small college in Ohio, Wittenberg University. Completing her Master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin Madison gave Alysa the opportunity to work with top ecologists there and also a dragonfly conservation expert at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her Wisconsin advisor, Monica Turner, helped Alysa appreciate landscape context and spatial scale in ecological research, as well as work-family balance in life. Alysa is happy to call Maine home now, where she frequently paddles, bikes, x.c. skis, and hikes. She lives with her husband, baby boy, dog, and two cats.