We want to thank each of our affiliates for working with UNE North. As a way of introducing themselves, we asked each of them to answer this question:

For those of us living and working in the North Atlantic region, why is working collaboratively across disciplines important for you, your students, your fellow faculty, and our community partners as we all navigate the impacts of a changing climate?

arthur anderson

Arthur Anderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Society, Culture, and Languages

Collaborative work like this is so important to understand our rapidly changing world and climate. I hope to learn from other researchers tackling these issues, as well as bring some archaeological perspective to the ways in which we explore this change over time. Collaborative work is vital to answering questions that are bigger than any one discipline.

John Austin

John Austin, Ph.D.

P.D. Merrill Endowed Chair of Business, Associate Professor

We cannot hope to successfully address our long-term shared challenges and act on our shared opportunities without a commitment to working together as stakeholders. Innovative solutions to our climate challenge will emerge when multiple perspectives are focused on a shared goal.

collyn baeder


Assistant Clinical Professor and Internship Coordinator — Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies

Maine is the past, present, and future home to all my personal and professional passions — an amazing place where climate change impacts grow increasingly visible. Working together with individuals from all backgrounds is more important than ever to protect each other and the natural world.

justine bassett


Director, P.D. Merrill Makerspace

The issues of climate change are complex and innovative solutions need collaborative and creative problem-solving across disciplines. At the P.D. Merrill Makerspace, we promote teamwork, innovation, and design thinking in order to develop human-centered solutions to complex challenges. Working with UNE North allows us to focus on issues of direct relevance to our community.

stine brown


Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Biology

The most interesting things seem to happen where different people, ideas, values, and priorities rub up against each other. It isn’t always comfortable, but when there is a commitment to dialogue and collaboration, these encounters can lead to problem-solving, often in innovative ways. This is what motivates my desire to work with people from around the North Atlantic, across disciplines, and with different world views.

alethea cariddi


Assistant Director of Sustainability

Sustainability requires collaboration. We take inspiration, find synergies, build trust, expand knowledge, share risk and take greater ownership in the solutions when we do this work together. No single entity will solve the challenges posed by climate change alone.

sonya durney


Scholarly Communication, Research and Teaching Librarian

As both a professional librarian and a current doctoral student studying public policy, I am very interested in policy research and analysis in regards to The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All of the issues identified in the SDGs have underlying information components, they presume the ability of individuals to access, engage with, and use information. Libraries can play a key role by providing access and promoting digital and information literacy.

Susan Farady


Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs

As we face increasingly complex issues related to climate change, I believe we need increasingly sophisticated and innovative approaches to find solutions. For me, that involves including a wide range of scientific, legal, and socio-economic information. My research on topics such as fishery management adaptations in light of climate change, and teaching experience educating the next generation of marine professionals in an interdisciplinary marine affairs curriculum has shown me the value of a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to “wicked” problems.

Jennifer Gunderman

Jennifer Gunderman-King, M.P.H.

Workforce Development Team Lead, AHEC Director, Assistant Clinical Professor

I have deep appreciation for the ecosystems of the North Atlantic for the life-sustaining resources it provides me and my family. Therefore, it is my duty to protect it and promote its health.

Karen Houseknecht


Professor of Pharmacology, Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship

I am thrilled to join the UNE North Affiliated team as we come together with shared passion to solve community problems with diverse, global perspective. For me, the shared passions include medication safety, treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, and mental health advocacy for the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Susan McHugh


Professor of English

Studying stories of the interdependence of human and nonhuman beings with colleagues at various North Atlantic regional institutions — including universities in Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the UK — has given me a clear sense of how modeling scientific solutions to climate change can only succeed by drawing from the creative and critical powers of the arts and humanities. I’m excited to bring UNE students from all disciplines into these conversations, and to help them join community partners in working through their real-world applications.

Tom McLaughlin


Professor, Co-Director for the Social Work Center for Research and Evaluation

As a social researcher, it is important to develop and maintain connections with my colleagues in other parts of the North Atlantic region. This includes learning from each other and collaborating on research which helps to extend our collective knowledge on social issues that impact us all.

Marcia Moreno-Báez

Marcia Moreno-Báez

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Programs

We are currently facing complex real-world problems that require thinkers who can transcend disciplinary boundaries, work collaboratively, and share different perspectives. With geospatial technology and through spatial and critical thinking, we can approach a problem with intuition, logic, and creativity. Maps are a common language that promote collaboration.

pam morgan


Professor of Environmental Studies, School of Marine and Environmental Programs

Climate change is a big, complicated issue that can only be tackled if we include people from all areas of expertise. I am especially interested in helping young people gain the skills and knowledge they need to feel empowered to make positive change in their own communities.

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