NMU's Thompson Awarded National Grant

Thursday 29, 2012


            MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Professor Jessica Thompson has joined a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) project exploring the cost-effectiveness of restoring coastal marshlands to improve filtration and reduce polluted runoff in the Gulf of Mexico.           

Thompson will work with a team of ecologists and marine biologists at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System in Fairhope, Ala., and at the University of South Alabama’s Dauphine Island Sea Lab.  

            As a collaborative process consultant, Thompson will train the science and stakeholder teams to build interactive decision-making models through a process called mediated modeling.

            “I will be acting as a translator of the science for the stakeholders and a translator of the stakeholder's concerns and issues for the scientists,” she said. “I facilitate a common communication channel for integrating science into local governance and decision-making.”

NMU is a sub-awardee of the total $330,000 funded by the NOAA project and will receive $13,086 per year for Thompson’s involvement in the collaboration. Experts from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and the University of Connecticut are also involved in the project.


Brandon Frisk
Student Writer