Distance Education Dean of Environmental Conservation and Research, Unity College
Pamela S.D. MacRae was appointed the Distance Education Dean of Environmental Conservation and Research at Unity College, Maine in January 2020 and holds the title of Professor of Fisheries Ecology. Previously she served as the Dean of the School of Biodiversity Conservation for four years, was the Director of the Honors Program for 5 years having joined the faculty at Unity College in 2013. She earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Toronto and B.S. in Biology from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. She conducted her post-doctoral research at Florida State University on the long-term patterns of fish population density in Florida springs, ponds and tidal marshes and she has published in scientific journals including Ecology, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and Copeia among others.
Pamela is a field-based fish community ecologist and her research has focused on exploring the links between fish community structure and environmental variables in marine, freshwater and estuarine habitats. She has over a decade of teaching field based ecology, fisheries and marine science classes. She has a record of including undergraduate students in her research and was awarded the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award just one year after beginning her faculty position at Unity College. Prior to joining the faculty at Unity College, she served as an Assistant Professor Biology and Coordinator of the Environmental Science Technology Program at Tallahassee Community College, Florida. Additionally she has worked in the private industry serving as a Senior Environmental Scientist with the Engineering firm Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan and as a Fisheries Biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.