Marie is a dual BS/MS student within the Geographical Sciences department, where she holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Remote Sensing of Environmental Change and is on track to receive her M.S. in Geographical Sciences. Marie defended her undergraduate thesis with high honors under the guidance of Dr. George Hurtt and Dr. Rachel Lamb. Her research investigates the climate change preparedness of terrestrial protected areas in MD using quantitative and qualitative methodology. 

Previously an undergraduate research assistant, she now serves as the graduate student lead for the Campus Forest Carbon project, leveraging NASA Carbon Monitoring System science to include forest carbon estimates within the University of Maryland's Climate Action Plan. Marie also works as the Maryland Tree Programs Officer and Data Analyst at the Maryland Department of the Environment, where she assists in the implementation of the Five Million Tree Pledge by the State of Maryland. 

Since Spring 2022, Marie has also been working part-time as the front desk assistant within the department. 

Areas of Interest

  • Biogeography
  • Species Response to Climate Change
  • Remote Sensing
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Environmental Science and Policy


  • 2021-05-06
    Brian R. Melchior Memorial Endowed Research Fund
  • 2021-05-06
    Undergraduate Independent Research Award


  • Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

Research Topics

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
  • Land Cover - Land Use Change
  • Carbon, Vegetation Dynamics and Landscape-Scale Processes
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