Michal Zahorik

Michal Zahorik, NRESS Ph.D. student

Research Topic

Resilient Communities: The Role of Land-Use Planning and Conservation in Flood Risk Management

Michal’s primary research interest is in the area of municipal land use policies and land use management for hazard mitigation and climate resilience. His research aims to investigate existing institutional arrangements for nature-based solutions to flood risk management with a focus on municipal open space protection and land conservation.

Focusing on reducing flood risk through natural processes can bring multiple benefits due to the synergies of ecosystem services. Strategic land conservation can protect floodplain wetlands, riparian buffers, and other areas with important flood-related ecosystem services such as erosion control, water retention, and infiltration.

Selected Publication(s)

Colgan, Charles S.; Kartez, Jack D.; and Sheils, Martha P., "Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps" (2016).


  • B.S., M.S., Public Administration and Regional Development, VŠE University, Prague, Czech Rep., 2005
  • Master's Degree in Policy, Planning, and Management, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, 2016

Professional Positions

  • Greater Portland Council of Governments, Maine Clean Communities, 2016 - 2017
  • Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Dover, NH, Summer 2015
  • New England Environmental Finance Center, 2014 - 2016 
  • Urban Planning Mentorship Program, New Hampshire Planners Association, 2013 - 2014