MaryCarol Hunter

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Natural Resources & Environment
Natural Resources & Environment
Associate Professor
Short bio: 


University of Georgia, Master of Landscape Architecture, 1999

State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ph.D. Ecology, 1981

University of California at Berkeley, B.A. Zoology, 1976.

Research summary: 

My research focuses on how to design urban landscapes that support resilience of people and the urban environment in the face of constant and often accelerating change.  I use my dual training in design and ecology to conduct translational research that brings scientific discovery directly into application. For example, I’ve joined theory and empirical work from environmental psychology and ecology perspectives to produce design guidelines a) for sustainable urban gardens that protect sense of place and support ecological resilience in the face of climate change and b) for roadside and highway habitat that helps protect pollinators and insect biodiversity in the face of habitat fragmentation during urban expansion. My current work investigates the basis of people’s reaction to urban nature from a psycho-social perspective as it relates to their capacity for environmental stewardship.





Recent publications: 

Hunter, M.C. and D.G. Brown. 2012. Spatial contagion: Gardening along the street in residential neighborhoods. Landscape and Urban Planning.  105:407-416.

Haan, N.L., M.C. R. Hunter, and M.D. Hunter.  2012. Investigating Predictors of Plant Establishment During Roadside Restoration.  Restoration Ecology 20(3) 315-321.

Hunter, M.C. 2011. Using ecological theory to guide urban planting design: An adaption strategy for climate change.  Landscape Journal 30(2): 173-193.

Hunter, M.C. 2011. Impact of ecological disturbance on awareness of urban nature and sense of environmental stewardship in residential neighborhoods.    Landscape and Urban Planning 101:131-138.

Hunter, M.C .and Hunter, M.D.  2008. Designing for conservation of insects in the built environment.  Insect Conservation and Diversity.  1(4): 189-196.

Hunter, M.C .  2008.  Managing Sense of Place in Transition: Coping with Climate Change.  PLACES- a Forum of Environmental Design 20(2): 20-25.

Human wellbeing,
urban greenspace design,
environmental psychology,
Translational Research