Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman

Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman

Associate Professor

1426 Animal Science Bldg

College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-1178
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Research Disciplines: Forestry | Stormwater Management | Urban Ecology

Research Interests

Social-ecological systems, Decision making, resilience, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, stakeholder interaction, co-production, community engagement

Educational Background

  • University of Georgia, Ecology, Ph.D., 2003
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Plant and Soil Sciences, M.S., 1998
  • Binghamton University (SUNY), Environmental Studies, B.A., 1995

Biographical Sketch

Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman is an Associate Professor of Urban Ecosystems and Sustainable Built Environments in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mitch is an ecosystem ecologist focusing on the responses of ecosystems to urbanization and land-use change, and his work builds from a co-production approach to formulate research questions that address the needs of stakeholders, managers, and policymakers. He earned his Ph.D. from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia and holds a B.A. degree from Binghamton University and an M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include the ecosystem services of green infrastructure and urban forests, the resilience of urban systems to climate change, and interdisciplinary approaches to studying urban ecosystems that include connections to environmental design, planning, policy, and governance.

Other Research

Ecosystem services of forest patches in Baltimore, MD -

  • Exploring soil processes, ecohydrology, and nutrient cycling in forest patches to characterize variation in ecosystem services provision
  • Monitoring transpiration in urban forest patches and street trees to assess stormwater mitigation effects

Green infrastructure impacts on water quality and quantity - 

  • Monitoring outfalls and stormwater green infrastructure impacts on water quantity and quality parameters in Clarksburg, MD
  • Using internet of things (IoT) and smart cities approaches to monitor stormwater in College Park, MD.

Urban resilience to climate change

  • Steering the Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership Flood Team working on watershed approaches to flood management and integration of sociodemographic factors affecting resilience.
  • Developed a stormwater green infrastructure framework for assessing climate resilience factors (policy, economics, maintenance, design, and social factors)
  • Watershed modeling to assess climate resilience of existing and expanded GI implementation in Clarksburg, MD

Social-ecological approaches to environmental management

  • Assessing stakeholder perspectives on stormwater management practices in Baltimore, MD
  • Linking environmental stewardship practices to stormwater GI and urban forest outcomes
  • Evaluating differences in designer backgrounds and their impacts on ecosystem service provision

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