is currently an Assistant Professor at Miami University with a dual appointment in the Department of Geography and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.
Amélie's professional interests include contributing to research in human-environment interactions with a focus on landscape ecology, land change science, and sustainability. Her research focuses on urban and agricultural systems.
In 2011-2013 she was a postdoctoral researcher funded by a NSF- Forest Service Urban Long Term Research Area Exploratory (ULTRA-Ex) grant that was awarded to the Science Team of Chicago Wilderness, in Chicago IL.
From Fall 2009 to Spring 2011 she was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Furman University funded by a Mellon Foundation grant through the Associated Colleges of the South programs in sustainability and the environment. Her role was to design, develop and teach three entirely new classes for Furman University. These classes were entitled 'Landscape Ecology and Planning', 'Sustainability and Low Carbon Society', and 'Principles of Sustainability Science'. She also taught an 'Introduction to GIS' class and provided GIS assistance to students and professors, served as an advisor for student research and assisted staff at the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability with the crafting of Furman University's Climate Action Plan. In one of her classes students completed Furman's greenhouse gas inventory for fiscal year 2009 as well as researched and presented projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the student revolving loan fund committee.
She received her B.A. degree in Biology from Earlham College, her M.S. degree in Oceanography from the University of Delaware at the former Center for Marine Studies and her Ph.D. from Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. While at Purdue she was instrumental in starting a recycling program for home football games, the installation of a vegetated roof on Purdue University's hall of student services (see a video here) as well as attempting to pass a Pay-as-you-throw garbage collection system for the city of West Lafayette, IN.
In her spare time, she likes to jog with her dogs, cook French pastries and eat them (hence the need to jog), read, knit (only scarves). Her favorite outdoor activities include windsurfing, and cross country skiing.