Environmental Studies at UVM

Kit Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Advisor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bittersweet House Room 311

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Wednesday 10:00-12:00. Call 656-4055 for appts.

Areas of Interest: 

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


Kit’s research focuses on the cultural dimensions of human-plant interactions and how these affect the landscapes in which we live.  Her 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

Non-ENVS Courses: 

  • HCOL 185 SL Trees and Culture

Other 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)

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