PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook (ecology)
MLA, University of Georgia (landscape architecture)
BA, University of California at Berkeley (zoology)
BA, University of Detroit (communications)
Dr. MaryCarol Hunter is a landscape architect and ecologist with a research program that encompasses social, psychological and ecological aspects of sustainable urban design. She received a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook in 1981 and an M.L.A from the University of Georgia in 1999. Current and recently funded work focuses on the impact of nature experiences on mental wellbeing and how the quality of nature in preferred outdoor places – its physical attributes and spatial form, contribute a person’s wellbeing response. She translates research outcomes to design guidelines to better support urban sustainability by creating places that people appreciate and protect.
2013-2018: TKF Foundation, “The mechanisms and design elements of restorative experiences at Open Space, Sacred Places (OSSP) sites”, with PI Marc Berman and Co‐PI John Jonides, $678.2K
2013-2014: University of Michigan MCubed Grant, “A “nature pill” for healthy ageing in urban areas“, with co‐PIs Sara Warber & Brenda Gillespie, $60,000
2012-2015: USDA‐FS, McIntire‐Stennis Award, “Public urban green spaces: The impact of proximity to home, landscape structure, and ecological diversity on mental wellbeing”, USDA‐NIFA‐MSCFR‐TBA, $72,000
2011-2012: SNRE Research Seed Grant Program, “Spatially Contagious Distribution of Easement Gardens in Ann Arbor: motivations and cultural impact”, $7000
2009-2010: USDA‐FS, McIntire‐Stennis Award, “Supporting Ecological Services Provided by Urban Forest Habitat in Residential Areas”, USDA‐NIFA‐MSCFR‐002655, $67,500
- Member and Executive Committee for Gamma Sigma Delta, honor society of agriculture (2003‐2005).
- American Society of Landscape Architects: ASLA Certificate of Honor (1998‐1999).
- Member of Sigma Lambda Alpha, landscape architecture honor society.
- Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1998).
- University‐Wide Fellowship, University of Georgia (1997‐1998 and 1998‐1999).
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.
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- Oconee River Greenway Commissioner, appointed by Mayor, Athens, GA (2002‐2006).
- Executive Board & Secretary, Northeast Georgia chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (2002‐2004)
- Board of Directors, Broad River Watershed Association, (2000‐2003)
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