Graham Sustainability Institute

Christie Heyer

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Research Area Specialist Assoc.

Christie joined the UM Water Center in 2019 to support the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERRS) Science Collaborative. She helps coordinate collaborative, user-driven research, communicate findings and share insights with coastal managers.

Christie brings a multidisciplinary background with an emphasis on communications, project management and environmental policy at local and global scales. Prior to joining the Graham Sustainability Institute, Christie worked as an organizer to grow support for a climate ballot initiative in Washington state and with an environmental and global issues curriculum developer to bring sustainability topics into mainstream K-12 classrooms. She earned her MA in International Environmental Policy with a concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

When she’s away from her desk, you might find her out on the water, exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest or curled up with a good book.