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New Postdoctoral Fellow

Meet USFS Postdoc Marie Gutgesell

Join us in welcoming Marie Gutgesell! Marie joins the ACRC network as a postdoctoral fellow at the Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory. Learn more about her work and background in this short Q&A.

What’s your current role?

ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow with the Forest Service at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Juneau

What is your research focus, and how did you become interested in your field?

My current research is focused on understanding the structure and resilience of diverse wild food systems in Southeast Alaska and highlighting the importance of considering these wild food systems in forest management. As a food web ecologist, I enjoy thinking and learning about how complex systems work and what allows them to persist in a variable world. I also enjoy the outdoors, gardening and foraging and this project was an excellent opportunity to integrate some of these interests into my work.

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Where are you from?

I am from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

What inspires you?

Nature’s diversity and complexity. Whenever I go for a walk or spend time in my garden I am fascinated by the sheer complexity and beauty of nature and feel grateful that I get to spend my time trying to understand how all the pieces work together.