Michelle Platz, PhD, joined LimnoTech in September 2022 as an Environmental Engineer. Michelle specializes in the restoration of coastal ecosystems and understanding habitat-level impacts of land-based sources of pollution on nearshore marine environments. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. She then completed a Master of Environmental Engineering and PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida, where she studied the degradation and restoration of the Florida Reef Tract. As part of her research, Michelle tested in-situ monitoring methods to evaluate post-restoration shifts in ecosystem metabolism and investigated barriers to restoration monitoring from both the social and ecological perspectives. Michelle previously worked as a subcontracted engineer in support of the NOAA Restoration Center, where she helped develop and implement a ridge-to-reef monitoring and evaluation framework to evaluate land-based sources of pollution management on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Michelle has previous research experience in low-impact developments, green infrastructure, and agricultural influences on methane ebullition from reservoirs throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Michelle works at LimnoTech’s Corporate Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.