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Molly Miller, Ph.D.(she/her/hers)

Community Development Officer
  • Blue Economy
  • Business Resilience

In her role as a Community Development Officer with the Island Institute, Molly is focused on working waterfront resilience, supporting both the Blue Economy and Business Resilience teams in the development and implementation of the Institute’s strategies for the long-term, sustainable protection of Maine’s critical working waterfronts.

With over a decade of experience in marine conservation, fisheries, and aquaculture, Molly has worked with a diverse group of stakeholders and communities to promote social, economic, and ecological issues. She recently received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, where her doctoral work focused on the human dimensions of aquaculture as a means of informing sustainable development and providing economic opportunities for Maine’s coastal communities.

Molly received her Master’s degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a BA in Biology from Vassar College. Prior to that, she also spent over a year at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory on MDI restoring eelgrass beds, monitoring water quality, and helping to form the Frenchman Bay Partners. It was this work that convinced her to pursue a career in marine science and work with coastal communities to preserve both their heritage and the coastal environment in the face of a changing climate.

Originally from Massachusetts, Molly spent her summers at her parents’ camp in Georgetown where she fell in love with the Maine coast. She now lives on Vinalhaven with her partner, who is a fisherman, as well as their seven chickens. When she is not busy caring for “the girls,” she loves to hike the many trails of the island, swim, have dinner with friends, and go for boat rides to explore the many islands in Penobscot Bay.