Suzanne Webster (Spitzer)

Graduate Research Assistant
Suzanne Webster (Spitzer)
Graduate Research Assistant
Integration & Application Network


I believe that scientists have a responsibility to conduct applied research and use science to solve ecological problems, inform management, and engage and empower communities. My long-term goal is to pursue a career in environmental management and science communication, with focuses in citizen science, community engagement, and environmental literacy. I am interested in exploring the interface of cultural anthropology and ecology, as well as engaging in applied transdisciplinary research in order to solve complex problems related to environmental management and ecological restoration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Science engagement
  • Environmental and cultural anthropology
  • Citizen science
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Science communication


  • University of Notre Dame, 2013, B.S. Biological Sciences and Anthropology

Graduate Program Foundation Areas

Lab News

UMCES Graduates Students Awarded 2021 Knauss Fellowship

Two University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science graduate students have been named finalists of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program sponsored by Sea Grant and NOAA. Shadaesha Green and Suzi Spitzer will join the 42nd class of the fellowship, and be placed in a government organization at a position in either the Executive or Legislative branches of government on coastal and marine science policy for one year.

Next Generation: Suzi Spitzer

I am researching ways to improve collaborations between citizen scientists and professional scientists so these groups can more effectively work together to create new scientific knowledge that answers their respective research questions and fulfills both scientific and local needs.