Matthew Chatfield (Ph.D. EEB 2009) will begin a new position in August 2014 as assistant professor of conservation biology at Unity College, Maine. He became a research assistant professor with the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research in May 2013. Chatfield is responsible for the infrastructure and program development of the Riverfront Campus project, which aims to restore and protect the coast of New Orleans and its sister communities across the Mississippi River delta. As part of the project, Tulane will host a Center of Excellence in downtown New Orleans for coastal protection and restoration. “By significantly increasing capacity for coastal applied sciences and engineering, the campus will help transform New Orleans into a leading hub for green jobs, infrastructure and technologies,” states the Tulane University website.
Although he was extensively involved with freshwater ecosystems in the past, Chatfield’s current research interests are in coastal ecology and restoration. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Cori Richards (Ph.D. EEB 2008) at Tulane University. After that, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane teaching a large course called Diversity of Life and a small seminar course.
Chatfield's U-M EEB advisors were Professors Priscilla Tucker and Ronald Nussbaum.