Environmental Studies at UVM

Katharine (Kit) Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Advisor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm. Call 656-4055 to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

Nature-society relationships, cultural geography, ethnobotany, traditional storytelling, contemplative practices in higher education


Dr. Kit Anderson's research focuses on the cultural dimensions of human-plant interactions and how these affect the landscapes in which we live.  Kit's earlier work on big trees took her to Louisiana and Guatemala. In Vermont, she has studied the history of herbalism and the role of plant exchanges in the early contact period. Students in recent courses have completed creative and scholarly service learning projects promoting awareness of campus trees. She oversees the ENVS thesis capstone, guiding students as they learn research methods, write proposals and complete their theses.


  • Ph.D. Geography, Louisiana State University, 1997
  • M.A. Geography, University of Vermont, 1979
  • B.A. Botany, University of Vermont, 1976

Other Courses: 

  • HCOL 185 SL Trees and Culture

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
  • Society for Economic Botany
  • International Society for Ethnobiology
  • National Storytelling Network
  • Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)