Christine Carmichael


Christine Carmichael
480 Wilson Rd, Room 208

Christine Carmichael has a PhD in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change and is completing a graduate certificate in Community Engagement. She earned a Master of Public Affairs and MS in Environmental Science from Indiana University in 2010, and a BA in Political Science from MSU in 2006. Outside of academia, Christine’s professional experience includes work in government affairs for The Wildlife Society, The Wilderness Society, and the Indiana Forest Alliance. Her passion is to broaden participation and engage diverse groups in dialogue to improve natural resource policies and outcomes.

I also love to participate in outdoor activities with friends, family, and undergraduate students in the Forestry Club! 

Current research:

Dissertation (expected completion in Fall 2016): The trouble with trees? Social and political dynamics of greening efforts in Detroit, Michigan.

  • As emphasis on city-wide tree planting to enhance urban forests expands, the success and sustainability of these efforts hinges on understanding the range of perspectives of those involved on the benefits, costs, and decision-making process used. This research provides insights from residents, The Greening of Detroit (a non-profit organization) staff and volunteers, as well as city of Detroit representatives and staff to enhance the ecological and social outcomes of “urban greening” efforts. 


Freedman, E., Neuzil, M., Takahashi, B., & Carmichael, C. (2015). Western news coverage of environmental issues in post-Soviet Central Asia. In Environmental Crises in Central Asia: From steppes to seas, from deserts to glaciers. Routledge.

Takahashi, B., Tandoc Jr., E. C., & Carmichael, C. (2015). Communicating on Twitter during a disaster: An analysis of tweets during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Computers in Human Behavior, 50, 392–398.

Carmichael, C. & McCole, D. T. (2014). Understanding motivations of potential partners to develop an outdoor recreation program in an urban area. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (55-64). 

Carmichael, C. & McCole, D. T. (2013). Partnership opportunities and best practices for creating a Heritage Sports Center in Oakland County, Michigan. A report for the Oakland County Parks – University Partnerships project, 78 pp.

Carmichael, C. E. (2012). Coordinating an effective response to wildlife diseases. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36(1): 204-206. 


Instructor and Course Designer; FOR 466: Natural Resource Policy. Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, Spring 2015 (40 students) and Spring 2016 (45 students)

Areas of focus: Community engagement in forest-related issues, collaborative governance of natural resources, political ecology, environmental justice, natural resource policy, and media coverage of environmental issues.


Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement, expected August 2016

Certificate in Advanced Facilitative Leadership, December 2014

Certificate in Conflict, Collaboration and Consensus in Natural Resource Issues, April 2013 

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), December 2007

Link to CV

Link to Resume