One hundred-fifty years ago, Vermonter George Perkins Marsh was the first writer to propose that human beings were agents of change, that the world as we know it is the result of the confluence of both natural phenomena and human activity. Today, in the hall that bears his name and in collaborations across campus, UVM faculty are conducting research to help us understand, engage and protect the world we live in. Ranging from fundamental science related to the natural environment, landscapes, and watersheds to emerging areas of demand such as global change and the pressing need for effective science, policy, management and communication, research on the environment reaches across colleges, departments, and disciplines.
Ellen Marsden, Ph.D., Professor of Environment & Natural Resources and Director of The Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program
Under the surface of Lake Champlain, dozens of lake trout are making weird noises. That's because transmitters, about the size of a AA battery, have been surgically implanted inside these fish.
Paul Bierman, Ph.D., Professor of Geology
If the whole Greenland ice sheet — which covers more than 80 percent of the country — were to melt, global sea level would rise twenty-three feet, drowning coastal cities on every continent.
Taylor Ricketts, Ph.D., Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and Director of The Gund Institute
When Professor Taylor Ricketts talks about making advancements in global conservation efforts, he isn't so much worried about fuzzy little creatures necessarily, unless they're native bees.
Naomi Fukagawa, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine
Worldwide, air pollution claimed seven million lives in 2012, according to a report released in March 2014 by the World Health Organization. As America seeks to become less dependent on imported oil, the pressure has increased to use alternative fuels such as biodiesel.
Thomas Ahern, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Surgery
The University of Vermont Cancer Center scientist Thomas Ahern, Ph.D., M.P.H., is interested in the potential roles of hormonal signaling, dietary patterns, and energy balance in cancer development, as well as interventions that help prevent cancer. He recently received a $450,000 Susan G. Komen Environmental Challenge Grant to study breast cancer associated with exposure to synthetic chemicals called phthalates.
Asim Zia, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics
International efforts to deal with climate change have been — many experts argue — a spectacular failure. United Nations treaties, including the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that the United States chose not to ratify, form a very leaky bucket for catching greenhouse gases.