Vanessa Levesque is the Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Levesque received her PhD in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine as a research fellow with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her teaching and research integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines, with a particular interest in sustainability science and collaborative governance. Dr. Levesque holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont and a BA in Ecology and Evolution from Dartmouth College. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Levesque has worked in the field of environmental planning and policy at local, state and federal levels, she is a trained facilitator, and she spent three years in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer. Vanessa has twin girls, lives in Portland, Maine with her family, and loves all things outdoors.