Marie-Odile P. Fortier, Ph.D.

Starting in July 2018:
Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Merced

Formerly (2015-2018):
Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF)

Updates

Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier will be joining the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Merced as tenure-track faculty starting this July 2018.

7/10/2018 - Amanda Trombly, who is advised by Dr. Fortier, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her defense, making her the third Fortier research group graduate! Her thesis is titled "Life cycle assessment of wines produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York State."

6/27/2018 - Three proposals were submitted for consideration for Department of Energy funding with Dr. Fortier as lead PI on University of California, Merced subawards.

6/26/2018 - Fortier research group graduate Breck Sullivan won first place in the student poster competition of the 2018 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) in Buffalo, NY for her poster titled "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States."

5/24/2018 - Sheng Yang, Tim Volk, and Marie-Odile Fortier submitted a paper on geographically specific life cycle assessment of willow biomass crops for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

5/12/2018 - Congratulations to Breck Sullivan and Dynta Munardy on graduating with their Master's degrees!

[Photo credit: http://www.esf.edu/communications/galleries/2018/05.14.graduation.htm]

5/2/2018 - Dynta Munardy, who is advised by Dr. Fortier and funded by a Fulbright fellowship, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her thesis defense, making her the second Fortier research group graduate! Her thesis is titled "Life cycle assessment and techno economic analysis of electricity from community-based bamboo gasification in a rural and remote island of Indonesia."

4/26/2018 - Dr. Fortier gave an oral presentation on "The Necessity of Geospatial Data in Calculating the Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems" at EnerGIS 2018 in Canonsburg, PA.

4/24/2018 - Breck Sullivan presented a poster on her thesis research at the SUNY ESF Spotlight on Student Research, which won third place among all graduate student posters. On the same day, Breck was also awarded as the 2017-2018 Outstanding Master's Degree Scholar in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF!

4/14/2018 - Dr. Fortier judged engineering research posters at the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Statewide Student Conference in Bolton Landing, NY.

4/9/2018 - Breck Sullivan, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Malmsheimer in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her thesis defense, making her the first Fortier research group graduate!

2/15/2018 - Breck Sullivan, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Malmsheimer in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF, gave an oral presentation titled "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States" at the 2018 Oceans Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

2/12/2018 - Dr. Fortier was PI on a federal-level proposal and co-PI on a state-level proposal submitted to funding agencies for review within the past week.

2/4/2018 - Dr. Fortier was unanimously recommended for continued appointment as an Assistant Professor by the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management faculty, Departmental Review Committee, and Interim Chair based on her third year review dossier.

1/1/2018 - Dr. Fortier's scholarship now has over 200 citations.

12/12/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave an oral presentation titled "Influence of geographic factors on the life cycle climate change impacts of renewable energy systems" at the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

11/16/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on biofuels and harnessing energy from waste to students from the Expeditionary Learning Middle School.

11/14/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on social life cycle assessment and energy justice via Skype for Dr. Tony Reames' NRE 501 Energy Justice course at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

11/12/2017 - Dr. Fortier participated on a panel at the Women's Empowerment Brunch at SUNY ESF, an event organized by the Undergraduate Student Association and the Baobab Society.

10/22/2017 - "Determination of the life cycle climate change impacts of land use and albedo change in algal biofuel production" is in press at Algal Research and now available online. Dr. Fortier is the lead author.

10/9/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on "Energy Systems and Environmental Impacts" in FOR 132, the departmental orientation seminar for undergraduate students.

10/1/2017 - Dr. Fortier and two graduate students in the group (Dynta Munardy and Breck Sullivan) with Dr. Lemir Teron (SUNY ESF) and Dr. Tony Reames (University of Michigan) submitted a paper invited for publication in a special issue.

8/28/2017 - We are welcoming two new Master's degree students to the Fortier research group this Fall semester: Julio Rosado and Ryan Quinn.

8/25/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a speech at the SUNY ESF New Student Convocation to welcome students on behalf of the faculty.

8/20/2017 - Dr. Fortier participated on a panel for CONNECTIONS, a pre-orientation program for entering freshmen at SUNY ESF.

Research

I model emerging energy systems and climate change mitigation strategies and study their environmental impacts using life cycle assessment (LCA). I also develop methodology for LCA practice.

What are we missing from the way that we currently assess life cycle environmental impacts and how can we address these issues?

How do the climate change impacts of novel renewable energy systems compare to our current systems, and how do geographic and temporal variables affect these impacts?

How are the life cycle climate change impacts of the materials we need for the energy transition changing?

Courses

SUNY ESF (2015-2018):
SRE 225: Physics of Energy (fall)
SRE 325/525: Energy Systems (fall)
SRE 479/679: Life Cycle Assessment (spring)
FOR 797: Sustainable Energy Graduate Seminar (fall & spring, co-taught)

The Team


Dr. Marie-Odile Payne Fortier

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Merced (2018-present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF (2015-2018)
PhD Environmental Engineering (University of Kansas, 2015)
BS Environmental Engineering (University of Florida, 2010)


Master's Degree (MS) students at SUNY ESF

Ryan Quinn - BA English Literature, SUNY Geneseo, and BT Renewable Energy, SUNY Morrisville
(co-advised with Dr. Tristan Brown at SUNY ESF)


Fortier Research Group Graduates


Amanda Trombly
Master's degree in Forest Resources Management in the Sustainable Energy study area, SUNY ESF - July 2018Thesis: "Life cycle assessment of wines produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York State"BS Environmental Science Systems with Pre-Engineering, Le Moyne College


Dynta Trishana Munardy
Master's degree in Forest Resources Management in the Sustainable Energy study area, SUNY ESF - May 2018Thesis: "Life cycle assessment and techno economic analysis of electricity from community based bamboo gasification in a rural and remote island of Indonesia"BS Environmental Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

[Credit for third photo: http://www.esf.edu/communications/galleries/2018/05.14.graduation.htm]


Breck Sullivan
Master's degree in Environmental Science in the study area of Environmental Monitoring and Modeling (coadvised with Dr. Robert Malmsheimer), SUNY ESF - May 2018Thesis: "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States"BA Environmental Studies with a minor in Mathematics, Salisbury University

[Credit for third photo: http://www.esf.edu/communications/galleries/2018/05.14.graduation.htm]


Prospective Students

Please contact Marie-Odile Fortier at mfortier2@ucmerced.edu if you are interested in pursuing a Master's degree or PhD in her research group at UC Merced.

CV

To be updated soon!

Contact Me

mfortier2@ucmerced.edu

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