Marjorie Fisher Professor of Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Department
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
McGill University, Ph.D. Physical Geography (Biogeochemistry of Peatlands)
1994. Dean's Honours List. "Methane flux and plant distribution in northern peatlands".
University of Vermont, M.S. Botany (Field Naturalist Program) 1989.
University of Maine School of Law, J.D. 1978.
Environmental law exchange program, Dalhousie University, 1978.
Bowdoin College, B.A. magna cum laude 1974. James Bowdoin Scholar.
Majors: Government and History. U.S. Congressional Intern, Washington, D.C.
Smith College, 1970-1972. Dean's List.
Marjorie Fisher Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Studies Program, Mount Holyoke College, 2009-present; Marjorie Fisher Associate Professor, 2004-2009; Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, 1998-2004. Courses include Introduction to Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Wetland Ecology, Biogeochemistry of Northern Ecosystems, and Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies; advised undergraduates in scientific research.
Adjunct Faculty, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, University
of Massachusetts, 2000-present.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Natural Resources, University of
New Hampshire, 1997-present.
Taught classes in biogeochemistry; advised undergraduate and graduate students.
Lecturer, McGill University, Plant and Soil Science, Geography Departments,
Taught classes in boreal forest ecosystem processes, bryophyte and vascular
plant ecology, and biogeochemistry of northern peatlands.
Instructor, Subarctic Field School, McGill University, Schefferville, Quebec,
Taught field exercises for Biology and Geography undergraduate students in soils,
wetland and upland plant ecology, and permafrost dynamics in Labrador Trough
Consultant and advisor, Field Naturalist Program, University of Vermont, 1989-present.
Taught field exercises for Botany graduate students; advised graduate students
on research methods for wetland studies.
Lecturer, University of Southern Maine, Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum, 1986-7.
Developed and taught courses on marine resource issues in the Gulf of Maine.
Courses for undergraduates were team-taught with members of Geology and Political
Faculty Member, School for Field Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1983.
Taught marine mammal conservation courses in Glacier Bay, Alaska; taught field
science research techniques and wilderness skills to undergraduate students
from several universities.
Instructor, Hurricane Island, Dartmouth, and Minnesota Outward Bound Schools, 1978-87.
Taught wilderness expedition, canoeing, backcountry skiing, hiking, sailing, seakayaking, and emergency medicine skills to individuals and groups ages 16-70.
Scientific Research Experience
NSF Ecosystems Program. RUI: Ecosystem responses to atmospheric N deposition in an ombrotrophic bog: vegetation and microclimate feedbacks lead to stronger C sink or source? 2010-2015. NSF CAREER: Strategies for understanding the effect of global climate and environmental change on northern peatlands, 2004-09. NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science, 1999-2003. Conducted research on CO2 and CH4 gas exchange and plant community dynamics in northern peatlands; feedbacks of northern ecosystems to climate change and N deposition; supervised undergraduate research; collaborated with scientists from McGill and Trent Universities, and University of New Hampshire on field research at Canada Carbon Program site Mer Bleue Bog, Ontario, and NSF LTREB site Sallie’s Fen, New Hampshire.
U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Research
Associate, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of
New Hampshire, 1995-1998. Managed and conducted field and laboratory research
for the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS), a U.S.- Canadian collaborative
study of boreal forest processes and interactions with the atmosphere; research
topics include wetland and upland plant ecology, carbon cycling, trace gas fluxes,
climate change, remote sensing, fire history, permafrost dynamics, and ecosystem
succession. Supervised undergraduate and graduate students. Thompson, Manitoba.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Geography Department, McGill University, 1994-5. Conducted
research on carbon cycling in boreal, subarctic, ecosystems; topics included
carbon dioxide and methane flux measurements; bryophyte and vascular plant distribution
and productivity. Advised graduate students on research design and implementation.
Research Assistant, Geography Department, McGill University, 1991-2. Conducted
field and laboratory research on plant communities and methane emissions in
northern peatlands. Experimental Lakes Area and Clay Belt, Ontario; Labrador
Trough near Schefferville, Quebec; and southern Quebec.
Research Assistant, NASA, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 1988-90. Conducted
field research on plant communities and geomorphological processes for projects
on long-term climate change; peat and permafrost coring, stratigraphic analysis.
Alaska and Kenai Peninsulas, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Technician and Research Assistant, Cornell and Syracuse Universities, Hubbard
Brook Experimental Forest, Thornton, New Hampshire, 1989-1990. Conducted field
and laboratory research on forest and stream ecology, nutrient cycling, and
Legal and Policy Experience
Staff Attorney and Research Associate, Marine Law Institute, Center for Research
and Advanced Study, University of Maine School of Law, 1983-1987. Researched
legal developments in the management of interjurisdictional resources, particularly
fisheries and coastal zone resources; edited quarterly publication; advised
agencies and individuals.
Legal Consultant, Maine Audubon Society, 1976-78. Researched Maine law on land
use, water quality, and energy issues. Developed recommendations for proposed
legislation on freshwater wetlands.
Assistant Research Librarian, Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library, University of
Maine School of Law, 1976-78.
Consultant, Maine Advisory Council on Vocational Education, 1975.
Special Assistant, Office of Kenneth M. Curtis, Governor of Maine, 1974.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards
NSF Grant DEB-1019523, Ecosystems Program, RUI: Ecosystem Responses to Atmospheric N deposition in an Ombrotrophic Bog: Vegetation and Microclimate Feedbacks Lead to Stronger C Sink or Source? PI: J. Bubier, Mount Holyoke College, co-PI: Steve Frolking, University of New Hampshire ($884,648), 2010-2015.
NSF RCN Program. PEATNET: Globalization of Northern Peatland Ecosystem Research
($498,905). Dr. Dale Vitt, Southern Illinois University, P.I. J. Bubier appointed
to Steering Committee for 2005-2010.
NSF Grant DEB-0346625. CAREER: Strategies for Understanding the Effects of Global
Climate and Environmental Change on Northern Peatlands. ($499,941), 5/1/2004
Mount Holyoke College Meredith E. Cameron Faculty Research Award, 2005.
Excellence in Refereeing Citation from Dr. William Reeburgh, Editor of Global
Biogeochemical Cycles, one of the most cited journals of the American Geophysical
Union, May 2004.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship for Career Advancement ($30,000) plus $1500
for travel/expensesfor sabbatical leave research, 2001-2002.
Mount Holyoke College Faculty fellowship ($7400) for sabbatical leave 2001-2002.
NASA grant (New Investigator Program in Earth Science) to study temporal and
spatial variability of carbon exchange in northern peatlands ($390,769), 1999-2003.
Mount Holyoke College Community Based Learning (CBL) grant to incorporate research
at the Quabbin Reservoir into Environmental Science course curriculum (1999-2000).
Award for best CBL class received May 2000 in college-wide competition.
Mount Holyoke College faculty grant and student research grants for studying
carbon exchange in northern peatlands, 1999-2000, 2000-2001.
NASA grant (with S. Frolking and P. Crill) to model and extrapolate carbon
fluxes from BOREAS wetlands ($218,362), 1998-2000.
NASA grant (with P.Crill) to study plant community and environmental controls
on net ecosystem exchange of CO2 and CH4 in a peatland complex, BOREAS experiment,
BOREAS Operations Group Award for organizing a carbon cycling workshop for
integrating scientific results from the BOREAS experiment, 1996.
U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship,
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, for studying carbon cycling in
northern peatlands, 1995-7.
A.J. Sharp Award for best student paper presented at an annual meeting, American
Bryological and Lichenological Society, Botanical Society of America. American
Institute of Biological Sciences Conference, Ames, Iowa, 1993.
Max Bell Fellowships in Canadian and Northern Studies from McGill University
to study plant ecology and methane flux in northern peatlands, 1992-3, 1991-2,
Association of American Geographers' Dissertation Research Grant, 1992-3.
Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship and Leadership Grants, awarded to
scholars for graduate studies aimed at improving the quality of the natural
environment, McGill Univ., 1990-1; University of Vermont, 1988-89.
Grant-In-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, to
study peatland processes in Victory Basin, Vermont, 1988-89.
Olin Fellowship from the Atlantic Salmon Federation to study international management
of Atlantic salmon, 1986-87.
Environmental Studies Advisory Committee, Mount Holyoke College, 1998-present.; Chair 2007-09, Co-chair 2011-12
Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, National Science Foundation Member of the Advisory
Committee for Environmental
Research and Education at National Science Foundation, 2007-2009
National Science Foundation RCN PEATNET Steering Committee
Quabbin Science and Technology Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission, 1998-2011
Science Advisory Board, Mount Holyoke College, 2007-2012
Focus the Nation Steering Committee, Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College, 2007-08
Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship Committee, Mount Holyoke College, 2007-2011
Faculty Grants and Fellowships Committee, Mount Holyoke College, 2002 – 2005, Chair 2004-05
Faculty Search Committees, Mount Holyoke College, 2003-04 (Biology), 2008-09 (Environmental Studies), 2008-09 (Center for Environment), 2011-12 (Environmental Studies)
Faculty Tenure Committees, Mount Holyoke College, 2007-present
Five College Coastal and Marine Science Advisory Committee, 2002 – 2007
Wetlands, Journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists (1998-2000)
Graduate faculty committee member:
Avni Molhatra, PhD Geography, McGill University
Genevieve Noyce, MSc Earth Science, University of New Hampshire
Meaghan Murphy, PhD Geography, McGill University
Steve Phillips, MSc Earth Science, University of New Hampshire
Postdoctoral scientists sponsored:
Tuula Larmola (Ph.D. University of Joensuu, Finland)
Sari Juutinen (Ph.D. University of Joensuu, Finland)
Leszek A. Bledzki (Ph.D. Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland)
Beth Hooker (Ph.D. University of Connecticut)
American Geophysical Union
American Bryological and Lichenological Society
Ecological Society of America
International Association of Bryologists
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
Society of Wetland Scientists
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, 2012
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 2008, 1995.
Center for Northern Studies, Sterling College, Vermont 2008, 2007.
New England Botanical Club, Harvard University, 2006.
Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2006.
Biogeochemistry Program, University of Kuopio, Finland, 2006.
Center for Climate and Global Change Research, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 2005, 1994.
Center for Northern Studies Peatland Symposium, Sterling College, Vermont, 2005.
Global Initiatives Faculty Seminar Series, Mount Holyoke College, 2004.
Conservation Biology Seminar Series, University of Vermont, 2002, 1997.
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Program, University of Massachusetts, 2001, 2000.
State University of New York at Albany, 2001.
Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 2000.
Biology Department, University of Joensuu, Finland, 2000.
Department of Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2000.
Biogeochemistry Graduate Program, Cornell University, 1999.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Connecticut, 1999.
Harvard Forest, Harvard University, 1999.
Biology Department, Mount Holyoke College, 1998.
Natural Resources Department, University of New Hampshire, 1998.
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, 1997.
Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 1997.
Environmental Studies Program, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1997.
Ecology Lecture Series, Johnson State College, Vermont 1996, 1994.
Visiting Scholar-in-residence, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1995.
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, 1995.
BOREAS Symposium, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, 1994.
-External examiner for MSc. Thesis of Mark Lalonde (Dr. Margaret Kalascka, advisor), McGill University, Aug 2013.- Member of NSF site review team for Toolik Lake, Alaska arctic LTER site, June 2013.
-Member of NSF Ecosystems Program review panel, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Proposals, March 2012.
-External reviewer for PhD thesis of Päivi Mäkiranta (Dr. Harri Vasander, advisor), University of Helsinki, Finland, Jan 2012
-Member of review panel, Academy of Finland Environmental Science Panel, June 2006
-Collaborator with University of Kuopio Biogeochemistry Research Group (Dr. Pertti Martikainen, host), 2006
-Invited Participant in NCEAS Workshop: Toward an adequate quantification of CH4 emissions from land ecosystems: Integrating field and in-situ observations, satellite data, and modeling, 2006-08
-External reviewer for PhD thesis of Tuula Larmola, (Dr. Jouko Silvola, advisor), University of Joensuu, Finland, 2005
-Invited Participant in North American Carbon Program: Methane in the NACP, University of New Hampshire, Sept 2002
-Invited Participant in Workshop on Peatlands, Permafrost and Climate Change, McGill University Montreal, Quebec, March 2002
-External examiner (Opponent) for PhD defense of Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, student of Dr. Harri Vasander, Department of Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland, November 2000
-Member of review panel, NASA Earth Science Graduate Fellowship Program in Terrestrial Ecology, June 2000
-Reviewer of NASA, NSF, NSERC and DOE research proposals
-Reviewer of management plans for the New England Plant Conservation Program, New England Wildflower Society.
-Reviewer of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Botany, Biogeochemistry, Canadian Journal of Botany, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs, Ecology, Ecoscience, Ecosystems, Ecohydrology, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Global Change Biology, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences, Nature, New Phytologist, Oecologia, PNAS, Polar Research, Tellus B, Wetlands