Michael Wironen

Michael Wironen


Michael Wironen is a Senior Scientist in TNC's Center for Sustainability Science, where he supports corporate and other collaborations to achieve sustainability outcomes at scale. His particular focus is on transforming agriculture and food systems to reduce environmental impacts while improving social and economic outcomes. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, where he was a Graduate Fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment and a member of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, an international collaboration between UVM, McGill University, and York University. Michael's doctoral research explored how ecological economics can inform decision-making and governance in a context of competing objectives, uncertainty, and multi-level governance. This research centered on a study of how phosphorus flows in Vermont's agricultural system changed over 90+ years, impacting legacy phosphorus accumulation, resource efficiency, and water quality. This was paired with policy research that looked at how nutrient management planning could adapt to reflect challenges related to the intensification and spatial concentration of animal agriculture. Prior to his Ph.D., Michael worked as a senior sustainability specialist at an international environmental consulting firm. He helped private and public sector clients integrate sustainability and resiliency best practices into business and government operations, development projects, and large-scale planning initiatives in the United States and abroad. His projects included developing a regional sustainability plan for the Hudson Valley of New York, helping flood-stricken communities in New York and Colorado plan for recovery and flood resiliency, and leading the sustainable design integration process for a new technical university and master planned city in Morocco. He has also worked as a researcher focusing on biogeochemical cycling in forest and wetland ecosystems. He holds a Masters in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Lund, Sweden and a Bachelors in Physical Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of Vermont, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Senior Scientist, Agriculture & Food Systems
The Nature Conservancy
Architecture & Urban Planning
Business & Finance
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Water Resources
121 S Irving St
Arlington, Virginia 22204
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