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Monday, March 2, 2015

edu@uvm staff development event

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Monday, March 9, 2015

RSENR Master's Project Seminar & Defense: Kat Deely

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: University Hts. South Rm 133
Description: An Ecological Assessment of Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert, Vermont

By Kat Deely

Seminar: 11:30AM, University Heights South, Rm 133
Defense: 12:30 PM, University Heights South, Rm 133

Note: (usually an hour for each)

Committee
Dr. Deane Wang, Program Director: Ecological Planning, RSENR, Advisor
Liz Thompson, Director of Conservation Science, Vermont Land Trust, Advisor
Dr. Cathy Paris, Senior Lecturer, Plant Biology, Chair
Dr. Allan Strong, Assistant Dean, RSENR

ABSTRACT
Merck Forest & Farmland Center is a 3190-acre property in Rupert, VT. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of sustainable land management and farming practices. The Board of Trustees of Merck Forest is considering placing a conservation easement on the property through the Vermont Land Trust. In order to inform the easement recommendations a site assessment is necessary. During the summer of 2014, I mapped the natural communities to discover any ecologically sensitive areas on the property. Following the guidelines set by the Vermont Natural Heritage Program, I determined the element occurrence of rarity for each natural community and provided recommendations on management for the property. Using the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ bird monitoring plot data I estimated the value of Merck Forest for habitat availability and diversity. Using the criteria of habitat connectivity, landscape complexity, and resiliency, I assessed the current and potential ecological value of this parcel in a regional context. I recommend a conservation strategy that follows a nested approach of preservation or ‘no-touch’ management areas within a larger matrix of conserved, actively managed land.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

RSENR Seminar: Paul Ferraro

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Applying behavioral economics to improve environmental policy: knowns and unknowns
Paul Ferraro
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University

Aiken 102

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ENVS Program Director candidate seminar

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Annie Booth
Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management
University of Northern British Columbia
Indigenous Community Sustainability and Energy Justice

"Aboriginal Peoples, Justice and Environmental Assessment and Consultation in British Columbia and Canada"

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Gund Tea: Beverly Wemple

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute Conference Room
Description: Gund Tea at the Gund Institute Conference Room (Johnson House - 617 Main St).

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Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Field Walk

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Depart from Jeffords Hall Lobby
Description: A Tale of Two Parks with Joanne Garton

To reserve a spot contact Shelby at shelby.perry@uvm.edu

Depart from Jeffords Hall lobby.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

RSENR Dissertation Seminar & Defense: Julia Larouche

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Aiken 103
Description: Thermokarst and Wildfire: EFFECTS OF DISTURBANCES RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE ECOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND FUNCTIONS OF ARCTIC HEADWATER STREAMS

By Julia R. Larouche

Seminar: 9:00AM, Aiken 103
Defense: 10:00AM, Aiken 103

Committee
William B. Bowden, Ph.D., RSENR, Advisor
Shelly A. Rayback, Ph.D., Geography, Chair
Beverley C. Wemple, Ph.D., Geography
Paul R. Bierman, Ph.D., Geology
Benjamin T. Crosby, Ph.D., Geosciences at Idaho State University

ABSTRACT
The Arctic is warming rapidly as a result of global climate change. Permafrost – permanently frozen ground - plays a critical role in shaping arctic ecosystems and stores nearly one half of the global soil organic matter. Therefore, disturbance of permafrost will likely impact the carbon and related biogeochemical processes on local and global scales. In the Alaskan arctic, fire and thermokarst (permafrost thaw) have become more common and have been hypothesized to accelerate the hydrological export of inorganic nutrients and sediment, as well as biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC), which may alter ecosystem processes of impacted streams.

The biogeochemical characteristics of two tundra streams were quantified several years after the development of gully thermokarst features. We observed differences in metabolism, nutrient uptake and benthic composition, suggesting that thermokarst may have long-lasting impacts on the biological characteristics and functions of arctic streams. Nevertheless, sediment and nutrient loading were more subtle than expected, likely due to the stabilization of the features and the dynamics that control the hydrologic connectivity of these disturbed areas. In a separate study, a suite of streams impacted by thermokarst and fire were sampled seasonally and spatially. Regional differences in water chemistry and BDOC were more significant than the influences of fire or thermokarst. The findings in this dissertation indicate that arctic stream ecosystems are more resilient than we expected to disturbance caused by fire and thermokarst. It remains to be determined how general permafrost thaw will affect the structure and function of arctic streams in the future.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

RSENR Seminar: Greg Bratman

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Psychological ecosystem services: The mental health benefits of nature experience
Greg Bratman
School of Earth Sciences
Stanford University

Aiken 102

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RSENR-wide Town Meeting

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballrm Davis Center
Description: RSENR faculty, staff and students SAVE the DATE! More details to come.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Gund Tea: Arnie Bomblies

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute Conference Room
Description: Gund Institute Conference Room (Johnson House - 617 Main St).

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Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Field Walk

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Depart from Jeffords Hall Lobby
Description: Locavore: Farm to Table with Mike Blouin

To reserve a spot contact Shelby at shelby.perry@uvm.edu

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Monday, March 23, 2015

RSENR PhD Dissertation Seminar & Defense: Philip Halteman

Time: 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Aiken 103
Description: New Insights for the Future of Lake Champlain: Practical Approaches and Useful Tools for Grappling with Uncertainty and Weighing Trade-offs in Watershed Management

By Philip Halteman

Seminar: 1:45pm, Aiken 103
Defense: 2:45pm, Aiken 301

Committee
Mary Watzin, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Donna Rizzo, Professor, School of Engineering, Chair
James Shanley, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, RSENR
Asim Zia, Associate Professor, Community Development & Applied Economics

ABSTRACT
The effective management of non-point source (NPS) nutrient pollution continues to prove elusive. Variable levels of NPS contribution across time and location and complex relationships between cost and effect make finding technologically effective management solutions difficult. In addition, these solutions are implemented in a world of scarce resources and diverse and competing concerns and values. Clearly, making the best possible decision about how to manage NPS pollution is not simple. My goal was to develop and test practical approaches that provide insight into the implications of management decisions and the trade-offs facing water quality managers using the challenges of restoring Lake Champlain as a test case.

First, in an effort to quantify the variability of NPS contributions over time and space, I developed and applied a Bayesian hierarchical modeling approach to incorporate several sources of variability and uncertainty into estimates of land-use specific phosphorus loading rates and watershed-scale residual loading. Results suggest that for some watersheds, unmanageable sources of phosphorus are dominant. Second, I applied a Bayes network to predict the effects of alternative management scenarios on phosphorus loads. Using optimization and decision analysis, I explored the tradeoffs between cost, effectiveness, and distributional equity in the burden of management. Results indicate that the probability that watershed phosphorus loads will comply with regulatory targets is, in some watersheds, small under any management scenario and that significant and non-linear tradeoffs between cost, effectiveness, and equity will make decision-making – and achieving restoration targets – difficult.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RSENR Seminar: Drew Gerkey

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Salmon, Reindeer, and Rubles: Understanding Cooperation in a Post-Soviet Commons
Drew Gerkey
Anthropology
Oregon State University

Aiken 102

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blackboard Jungle 8 Symposium: Inclusive Excellence at UVM

Day Event Description: 8th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium, Inclusive Excellence at UVM: Building Our Collective Capacities, on March 26 & 27, 2015. A provocative kickoff keynote presentation and panel discussion on Real Talk About the N-Word and Other Oppressive Language will be held on Thursday, March 26 in the Davis Center.

www.uvm.edu/conferences/blackboardjungle8/

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Blackboard Jungle 8 Symposium: Inclusive Excellence at UVM

Day Event Description: Davis Center

www.uvm.edu/conferences/blackboardjungle8/

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Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Field Walk

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Depart from Jeffords Hall Lobby
Description: Eagles and Waterfowl with Bryan Pfeiffer

To reserve a spot contact Shelby at shelby.perry@uvm.edu

Depart from Jeffords Hall lobby.

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Gund Tea: Stuart Hart

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute Conference Room
Description: Gund Institute Conference Room (Johnson House - 617 Main St).

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