Robbie Greene

Kristina Nixon sitting in the woods at winter

Current Position

Doctoral Research Assistant
Colorado State University
Human Dimensions of Large Marine Protected Areas

Previous Position

NOAA Coastal Management Fellow
Coastal Resources Management Office - Saipan
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Robbie's research interests stem from a broad background in both social and natural sciences. This involves the study of people, place and space through an ecological perspective. He is especially drawn to situations in which proactive planning and land use have the potential to improve a community’s social and environmental resilience. These interests have led to involvement in a variety of projects.

Robbie's MS research in the UW-Madison Landscape Architecture Program examined the social and spatial characteristics of community garden placement in Madison Urban Area. This research involved the use of qualitative methods and spatial observations using GIS to better understand the composition of urban agriculture around Madison. He also held a concurrent position as a project assistant with the UW Sea Grant Institute, working on the development of a Coastal Web Atlas for Wisconsin.

Robbie recently worked as a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, where he collaborated with partners throughout Micronesia to develop a climate change adaptation plan for the Mariana Islands.

He can be contacted via e-mail at

Past degrees BS Geography - Northern Arizona University; MS Landscape Architecture - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thesis Social and Spatial Characteristics of Community Garden Placement in Madison, Wisconsin

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photo of Robbie Greene in water