Michael Wironen is a PhD Candidate at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is a Graduate Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and a member of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, an international collaboration between UVM, McGill University, and York University. Michael's research explores how ecological economics can inform decision-making and governance in a context of competing objectives, uncertainty, and multiple management scales. In his dissertation, Michael is applying this lens to the management of water resources, food systems, and rural landscapes and livelihoods. His research aims to help policymakers in Vermont identify novel solutions to reduce phosphorus pollution to its water bodies, particularly in the agricultural sector. As an export-oriented agricultural producer, Vermont struggles to reduce nutrient pollution in agriculture while maintaining a vibrant rural farm economy. Through a multidisciplinary research approach combining material flow accounting, regional economic input-output modeling, and policy analysis, Michae's work examines how farm systems vary in their phosphorus use, economic contribution, and impact on water quality. Ultimately Michael's research seeks to identify specific alternatives that are both ecologically and economically viable for Vermont. Prior to joining UVM, 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.
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Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Burlington, VT 05401