New Director for Center for the Environment

May, 2008

Acclaimed ecosystem researcher and scientist Patrick Bourgeron is the new director of Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment.

A native of France, Bourgeron comes to PSU from the University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, where he has served as research fellow since 1997. He has nearly 30 years experience in environmental research, planning, land use policy, and teaching in the U.S., France, Canada, and Africa.

Bourgeron believes the CFE’s expertise can benefit many constituencies. “A regional, comprehensive university that strives for excellence can help many constituencies achieve their goals,” said Bourgeron. “We will involve the public, scientists, and environmental organizations in our work.”

President Sara Jayne Steen is confident Bourgeron will help the CFE continue to be a key resource for the region. “Dr. Bourgeron is a well respected scientist, collaborator, and leader. We can expect to see wonderful partnerships generating exciting work that will benefit New Hampshire,” she said.

University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier said Bourgeron brings an excellent record of achievement to the CFE. “We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Bourgeron,” said Bernier. “His experiences will complement the expertise of those already in the Center.”

Founding CFE director Steve Kahl is remaining at PSU as a research professor to continue his work with external partners, graduate student research, and securing grant funding for new research and outreach.

Established in 2004, the goal of the Center for the Environment is to address the science, policies, culture, and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education, and collaboration. The Center focuses on applied environmental problems and engages local communities and organizations in environmental demonstration projects that integrate the natural and human environments.

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