MaryCarol Hunter

Associate Professor


PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook (ecology)

MLA, University of Georgia (landscape architecture)

BA, University of California at Berkeley (zoology)

BA, University of Detroit (communications)

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Associate Professor Hunter's specialty, ecological design, is premised in the integration of art and science. Hunter aims to create a built environment that is ecologically functional, contextually meaningful and personally engaging. She is a licensed professional landscape architect and have worked as a research ecologist. She presently does translational research that allows me to bring scientific discovery into design applications. Her teaching includes ecological planting design studio, sustainable site design, urban agriculture, and civil engineering for designers. Her research focuses on how to design urban areas to promote well-being and health of humans and the natural systems in which we are embedded.

As an ecological designer, Associate Professor Hunter places aesthetics—the visceral and psychological appeal of designed spaces, on equal footing with ecosystem considerations because there is no better way to engage personal stewardship than to elicit a protection response.

  • 2013-2018: TKF Foundation, “The mechanisms and design elements of restorative experiences at Open Space, Sacred Places (OSSP) sites”, with PI Marc Berman and Co‐PI John Jonides,    $678.2K

  • 2013-2014: University of Michigan MCubed Grant, “A “nature pill” for healthy ageing in urban areas“, with co‐PIs Sara Warber & Brenda Gillespie, $60,000

  • 2012-2015: USDA‐FS, McIntire‐Stennis Award, “Public urban green spaces: The impact of proximity to home, landscape structure, and ecological diversity on mental wellbeing”, USDA‐NIFA‐MSCFR‐TBA, $72,000

  • 2011-2012: SNRE Research Seed Grant Program, “Spatially Contagious Distribution of Easement Gardens in Ann Arbor: motivations and cultural impact”, $7000

  • 2009-2010: USDA‐FS,  McIntire‐Stennis Award, “Supporting Ecological Services Provided by Urban Forest Habitat in Residential Areas”, USDA‐NIFA‐MSCFR‐002655,  $67,500 


Member and Executive Committee for Gamma Sigma Delta, honor society of agriculture (2003‐2005).

American Society of Landscape Architects: ASLA Certificate of Honor (1998‐1999).

Member of Sigma Lambda Alpha, landscape architecture honor society.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1998).

University‐Wide Fellowship, University of Georgia (1997‐1998 and 1998‐1999).

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Oconee River Greenway Commissioner, appointed by Mayor, Athens, GA (2002‐2006).

Executive Board & Secretary, Northeast Georgia chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (2002‐2004)

Board of Directors, Broad River Watershed Association, (2000‐2003)

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