University of Vermont

Amy Seidl

Amy Seidl

Lecturer and Interim Associate Director, Environmental Program

Phone: 802-656-0179
Office: 214 Bittersweet Building
Environmental Studies Program:

Areas of Interest

Ecology, evolution, sustainability, writing

As a practiced ecologist, educator, and mother of two girls, Amy Seidl writes with a lucid and passionate eye about the state of life itself in the Age of Warming. By drawing on her 20 year career studying ecology, evolution, and sustainability, Amy illuminates the historical significance, impacts, and opportunities that come with climate change in the 21st century.

A passionate speaker on contemporary environmental issues, Amy frequently keynotes and lectures on climate change, renewable energy, local food systems, and the emerging field of sustainability science. Her research in ecological systems and alternative energy makes her a sought-after lecturer on global warming and green design and she emphasizes the need to innovate and build new physical infrastructures that do not rely on fossil fuels.

Instructional Program

Environmental Studies


2001 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Vermont
1994 M.S. Entomology, Colorado State University
1988 B.A. Natural Science and Poetry, Hampshire College

Selected Publications

2011 Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming (Beacon Press, Boston, MA).

2009 Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World. (Beacon Press, Boston, MA. Foreword by Bill McKibben).

Book Chapters

Seidl, A. “Resembling the Cosmic Rhythms: Evolution of Nature and Stewardship in the Age of Humans,” Minteer, B. (ed.) in After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL (forthcoming 2014).

2012 Seidl, A. “The Pragmatics of Climate Change: Moving Ideas into Action,” de la Macorra, X. (ed.) in Human Migration and Climate Change, America Natural, Mexico City, Mexico.