Associate Professor – Michelle E. Portman

Dr. Portman graduated the University of California Berkeley with a B.Sc. in Political Economy of Natural Resources, the Technion with a M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning (’91) and the University of Massachusetts with a doctorate in Public Policy (’07).  She held a two-year postdoctoral fellow position at the Marine Policy Center of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Cape Cod, USA (2007-09).  Currently her research focuses on aspects of integrated coastal zone management, marine spatial planning, management of marine protected areas, marine litter from land-based sources, green building, water sensitive planning and generally on governance of the land-sea interface. She heads the MarCoast Ecosystem Integration Lab and is author of a book entitled Environmental Planning for Oceans and Coasts: Tools, Methods and Technologies (Springer, 2016) and over 40 referred journal articles and other publications. In addition to Dr. Portman’s academic experience, she held leading positions in public sector environmental agencies and organizations for over 15 years.  She is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Kiel Marine Sciences, a leading academic and research program of Christian Albrechts University located in Kiel, Germany. 
Current research areas:
environmental planning; use of spatial analysis for environmental decision making; marine policy and conservation; coastal resource management; marine protected areas; green infrastructure and water sensitive urban development; and marine litter from land-based sources.
PhD 2007, Public Policy (Environmental Policy track), University of Massachusetts Boston
MSc 1991, Urban and Regional Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
BSc 1984, Political Economy of Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley


Skirting lobster traps in Cape Cod Bay (between Barnstable and Sesuit Harbors), August 2021