Environmental Science and Policy
Dr. Willis has a PhD in Limnology and Oceanography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution and Organism Biology from Tulane University. He has worked for many years on the ecology and management of alewife as a research scientist and with the Passamaquoddy First Nation on fisheries development and climate change. Dr. Willis serves on the board of the Alewife Harvesters of Maine as science advisor. Since 2015, Dr. Willis has been a collaborator on SEANET (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network), a state-wide grant focused on increasing aquaculture capacity in Maine. Recently he applied his knowledge of fish ecology to the development of USM’s Aquaponics and Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Lab, along with associated curriculum for a RAS certification. These activities have been supported by SEANET and grants from Poland Spring, the USDA, and USM.