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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Melissa Flye

M Flye


As a Maine native, I have spent the majority of my life enjoying the rich natural heritage of New England which undoubtedly sparked my interest in the natural world at an early age. As an undergrad, I studied Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. After spending a couple of years working on anadromous fisheries research projects for the State of Maine and private consulting firms I am excited to be back at the University of Maine pursuing my M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the social dimensions that shape the management of Atlantic salmon in Maine. By studying the social science and policy interface of Atlantic salmon recovery decision-making, I hope to better understand the barriers to collaboration and the opportunities for institutional transformation. We contend that an evaluation of the interactions among management entities in the face of uncertainty may inform the processes by which recovery policies and actions are made.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 13

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 281


Contact Information

Tel: (207) 581 - 2939

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute