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Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown


  • BS Binghamton University, State University of New York 2001


Michelle Brown joined the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2010. She also works part time as a Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where she has worked since 2001. She currently resides in Saranac Lake, NY in the Adirondack Park. Michelle has a BS in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University and a Graduate GIS certificate from Penn State. In her spare time, Michelle heads for the woods on skis, snowshoes, bike, or canoe.

Research Interests

Michelle's research interests are varied, but all rooted in a desire to apply the best available science to solve conservation problems. She is interested in conservation biology, landscape ecology, conservation planning, and transportation ecology. Michelle's current research is quantifying how predicted land use change in Vermont will affect Vermont's biodiversity.

Research Publications

  • Brown, M., C. D. Canham, L. Murphy, and T. M. Donovan. Timber harvest as the predominant disturbance regime in northeastern U.S. forests: effects of harvest intensification. Ecosphere 9:1-19. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2062
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  • Brown, M. L., T. M. Donovan, R. M. Mickey, G. S. Warrington, W. S. Schwenk, and D. S. Theobald. 2017. Predicting effects of future development on a territorial forest songbird: methodology matters. Landscape Ecology 33:93-108. DOI 10.1007/s10980-017-0586-8 Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 
  • Donovan, T., Brown, M., & Katz, J. 2015. Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit R Projects: R for Fledglings. Retrieved from


  • Principles of Modeling with Spreadsheets / Population Dynamics (2014)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 19

Presentations: 38


Contact Information

Tel: (802) 656 - 3388


Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. University of Vermont
  3. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
  4. Wildlife Management Institute