Amy Burgin

Faculty Fellow, University Honors Program
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Amy Burgin, Ph.D., is associate professor of Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and her research considers the effects of people’s changing use of land on aquatic plant growth. Her work aligns with the research priorities of the National Science Foundation’s work on ecosystems, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Burgin became involved in Honors recently through her first-year seminar, “Microbes Making Food,” a study on food and microbial processes. Burgin fondly recalled the importance of her own involvement in an honors program as a Coe College undergraduate. She looks forward to working with Honors students and encourages them to foster relationships with their faculty mentors.

“Find someone to invest in you—all of your professors are here because they did that exact thing. I’m still in touch with some of the college professors that were most important in my career,” Burgin said. “These are lifetime relationships; invest time in them and they pay dividends.”

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