University of Vermont

Walter Poleman

Walter Poleman

Senior Lecturer/ Director GreenHouse Residential Learning Community

Phone: 802-656-8884
Office: Room 9 GreenHouse Residential Learning Community
90 University Heights South
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Areas of Interest

Integrated field science, landscape ecology, and place-based education

Walter Poleman specializes in landscape natural history and ecosystem geography and teaches Natural History and Field Ecology (NR 1), Place-based Landscape Analysis (NR 378), and Ecology of Place (NR 85). He is faculty director of GreenHouse Residential Learning Community, and director the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Engagement) Program. He has taught ecology for the past ten summers at Vermont Law School, and serves as a trustee for the Vermont Land Trust. His teaching awards include the 2003 Kroespsh-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award.

Instructional Program

Natural Resources


Ph.D. 2010 University of Vermont
M.S. 1996 University of Vermont
B.A. 1984 Cornell University

Selected Publications

Kolan, M., and W. Poleman. 2009. Revitalizing natural history education by design. Journal of Natural History Education 3:30-40. Available on-line: