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Melissa Kenney
Associate Research Professor of Environmental Decision Analysis and Indicators

Dr. Melissa A. Kenney is an Associate Research Professor in Environmental Decision Analysis and Indicators at the University of Maryland. Her research broadly addresses how to integrate both scientific knowledge and societal values into policy decision-making under uncertainty. Her research expertise includes conceptual modeling and decision structuring, indicators, systems analysis, multi-attribute methods, and evaluation of decision support to address environmental policy decisions. These methods have been applied to a range of topics including participatory global change indicators, setting environmental policy criteria, economic analyses for restoration alternatives assessment, expert elicitation, and value of information of indicators. Dr. Kenney was an AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow, focusing on stakeholder engaged research to create climate resilient solutions in the U.S. and Chesapeake Bay region. She earned a Ph.D. from Duke University, focusing on water quality modeling and decision analysis.

 

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Michael Gerst
Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Michael D. Gerst is an Assistant Research Professor at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland (ESSIC). His scientific work is motivated by helping stakeholders identify problems and solutions at the intersection of the environment, technology, and society. As a result of the complexity of these issues, his approach is rooted in systems, data, and decision science, which together allow for a holistic understanding of current knowledge so that stakeholders may assess trade-offs and risks of potential solutions. Dr. Gerst’s research portfolio has ranged from participatory development of global change indicators, cost-benefit analysis under uncertainty, life-cycle analysis, and scenario planning to designing and testing the efficacy of visualizations. His application areas have spanned climate change mitigation, food-energy-water nexus, critical materials, healthcare systems, and corporate sustainability. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, focusing on industrial ecology and techo-economic systems analysis.

 

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Felix Wolfinger
Research Scientist

Felix Wolfinger is a Faculty Research Assistant with a background in social science methodology, policy analysis and business administration. He received a M.S. in environmental science from Duke University, where he studied environmental policy focusing on program evaluation and decision analysis. He previously received a M.B.A. in international business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. Felix has work experience as an analyst with a research and consulting firm focusing on stakeholder decision-making as well as an auditor with a CPA firm. He now uses his diverse background and expertise by leading survey based research initiatives and acting as a project manager for other research projects.

Allison Baer
Faculty Research Assistant and Project Manager

Allison Baer is a Faculty Research Assistant with a background in environmental and healthcare policy analysis. She received her B.S. in environmental science in policy with a concentration in politics and policy and a minor in geographic information science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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