Greenfield native awarded doctorate
Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:02 am
Matthew Bethel, originally of Greenfield, received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences concentrating in Environmental Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO) on Aug. 5, 2010. His dissertation research involved the integration of geospatial technology, scientific field data relating to coastal wetland loss, and the traditional ecological knowledge of an indigenous coastal Louisiana community to develop new information tools for the enhancement of coastal restoration decision support processes. He recently participated in the commencement ceremony for this degree held at UNO on Dec. 17, 2010. Matthew graduated from Greenfield High School, received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from The University of Tennessee at Martin, and a Master of Science in Geoscience from Murray State University. After gaining his Master’s degree, he began his career as an Image Analyst and Project Manager for the Institute for Technology Development at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. In 2006, he took a position with the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans (UNO-PIES) as a Research Project Manager, and began work on his doctorate there. Dr. Bethel is currently employed at UNO as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with UNO-PIES.