University of Vermont

RSENR Community Notes October 2013

In the Media

Work by professor Saleem Ali and Doctoral student Julie Nash was featured by National Geographic. Read the article about their sustainable pearl project here:

Eric Zencey (Gund Fellow), Matt Burke (UVM MPA student at the Gund), Sam Carlson (RSENR MS student), and Zach Zimmerman (RSENR ENVS ‘13), and Professor and Interim Dean Jon Erickson completed work on the Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator that was picked up by the Associated Press and featured in Business Week ( Locally, VT Digger ( and the Burlington Free Press ( also featured the story.

The Spatial Analysis Lab's Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment of Berkeley County, WV, carried out in collaboration with the Cacapon Institute received considerable media attention. Articles on it were published in the Herald Mail, The Journal News, the West Virginia Gazette, and WRTF Channel 7 among others.

The Washington Post used data from the UTC assessment to examine issues relating to wealth and tree canopy in the District of Columbia.

Students in Associate Professor Cecilia Danks' community-based natural resource class monitor Burlington's ash trees for signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect threatening Vermont's ash trees.  Read the article by Burlington Free Press staff writer Joel Banner Baird here:

Paul Schaberg, Adjunct Associate Professor and USDA Forest Service Plant Physiologist, gave two live Skype interviews on The Weather Channel to answer questions about the influence of weather on fall foliage coloration.

Awards and Promotions

Walt Kuentzel, Associate Professor and Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS). The ALS was founded in 1980  to honor scholars who have made significant contributions, through their  research and writings, to the field of leisure sciences.

A poster co-authored by Assistant Professor Mary Sisock won an Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals award for leadership in Extension sustainability programs. The poster "Intergenerational Land Transfer and Collaborative Learning" describes how education for forest landowners on intergenerational land transfer provides opportunities for collaborative learning and the emergence of shared knowledge regarding family owned forests. Education on the land transfer process and increased awareness and skill in negotiating multi-generational family dynamics decrease the likelihood that forestland will subdivided in the future.

Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, the Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, to the Board of Directors for the Vermont Center of Geographic Information.

Jon Erickson and his son win Emmy Awards.Professor Jon Erickson, Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School, picked up his second regional Emmy this past June at the 35th Boston/New England Emmy Awards. The award for Outstanding Environmental Program was for "Bloom: the Agricultural Renaissance", the second of a 3-part follow-up PBS series to the original award-winning film "Bloom: the Plight of Lake Champlain".  The series details the root causes and necessary solutions to water pollution in Lake Champlain and beyond.  Jon was Executive Producer of the series funded by the Lintilhac Foundation and written and directed by Vic Guadagno.  His son Jon was a contributing photographer. To watch all four episodes, visit



David Raphael, Lecturer in PRT, has been named the Chair of the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council. The Council serves as a public/community liaison for the Community and Urban Forestry programs of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and is comprised of citizens and professionals from around the state.

He has also been selected to lead an educational workshop on “Community Character, Aesthetics and the New Energy Landscape” at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Boston this coming November.

LandWorks, a multi-disciplinary planning and design company of which Mr. Raphael is the Principal, recently received the Award of Excellence in Planning from the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, for the project and publication entitled:  Scenic Resource Protection in the Shawangunk Mountains - A Guide for Planning Boards.

Student Scholarships

Rubenstein School senior Sam Gersie received a scholarship from the Land Conservancy of New Jersey. The scholarship is awarded each year to two outstanding New Jersey college students studying in an environmental field.

Corey Tondreau in MadagascarRubenstein School junior Corey Tondreau received a national Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Madagascar with the School of International Training during spring semester 2012.  Her program in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management allowed Corey to become more culturally competent in terms of Malagasy life and belief systems and to become a family member to two different host families.  She studied wildlife conservation and resource management in one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots of the world. Her independent project was titled “Polyspecific Association between a Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) Individual and a Group of Southern Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur meridionalis).

For students interested in applying for scholarships, visit the UVM Honors College National Fellowships and Scholarships webpage:

Presentations and Projects

Erin De Vries, Watershed Alliance Outreach & Education Coordinator, attended and presented at the Southern Regional Water Program - Water Education Summit 2013 in Chattanooga, TN. The session was youth water education and Erin’s presentation was titled "Secret Weapon, Undergraduate Interns, help expand water education youth programs". The folks of the southeast were friendly and accommodating. The southeast regional is working hard on building capacity in the field of green infrastructure as well as educating youth and the public about local water quality issues and programs that can help keep water clean.

In addition to their Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment of Berkeley County, WV mentioned in the Awards and Media sections, the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) has several more UTC projects under way. They are working with the SavATree Consulting Group to complete a UTC for Cuyahoga County, OH, including Cleveland. The US Forest Service has provided the SAL with funding to complete a UTC Assessment for Chicago, IL. Over the summer the SAL completed a UTC Assessment for Harford County, MD.  Harford County is using the study to help inform tree canopy expansion and preservation in support of improving water quality for the Chesapeake Bay.

Jon Erickson, Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School, gave several invited presentations over the summer:

  • Jon D. Erickson, “Achieving Genuine Progress: Vermont's Opportunity for Community Growth,” Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Rutland, VT, June 27, 2013.
  • Jon D. Erickson, “Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator,” GPI in the States Summit, Baltimore, MD, June 14, 2013.

Patricia Stokowski (RSENR faculty member), Monika Derrien (RSENR PhD student) and Walter Kuentzel (RSENR faculty member) collaborated on the following conference presentations in June 2013:

  • “Discourses of Social Change in a Vermont Mountain Town.”  P.A. Stokowski (presenter), M.M. Derrien, and W.F. Kuentzel. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Estes Park, CO, June, 2013.
  • “Valuing Cultural Ecosystem Services Through Discourses of Change.” M.M. Derrien (presenter), P.A. Stokowski, and W.F. Kuentzel. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Estes Park, CO, June, 2013.


The 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society was held in Little Rock, Arkansas from September 8-12, 2013. In attendance from RSENR were Bret Ladago (M.S. student, AEWS), Betsy Puchala (M.S. student, Vermont Coop Unit and AEWS), and Donna Parrish (Unit Leader, USGS, Vermont Coop Unit and Research Professor, RSENR). Bret and Betsy both presented talks on their thesis research. Donna was a co-author on a presentation in the Education Section’s symposium on the future of fisheries education. At the Business Meeting, Donna was installed as President-Elect of AFS for 2013-2014.

AFS Presentations:

  • Ladago, B., J. E. Marsden, J. Rinchard, and D. C. Honeyfield. Decline in salmonid thiamine after an alewife invasion in Lake Champlain.
  • Puchala, E. A., and D. L. Parrish. Endangered stonecats in Vermont: Differential mortality effects on the likelihood of sustainability.
  • Quist, M. C., M. E. Mather, D. L. Parrish, S. R. Chipps, T. J. Kwak, and C. P. Paukert. The voices of reality: Why effective fisheries education is challenging; practical ways to move forward.


Bill Keeton, Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry and Director of the Forestry Program, has given the following recent presentations:

  • Keeton, W.S. Cross-regional perspectives on ecosystem Management in temperate forest systems. Invited plenary presentation. 92nd Congress of Quebec Forest Engineers, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.Sept. 11, 2013.
  • Keeton, W.S., S.E. Ford, N.C. Dove, K.J. Smith, and H.C. McKenny.  Experimental gaps in the Vermont Forest Ecosystem Management Demonstration Project: effects on stand dynamics, salamanders, understory plants, and fungi.  Invited presentation/organized session. Ecological Society of America Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. August 11, 2013.
  • Keeton, W.S., J.F. Franklin, D. Karabchuk, and S. Burrascano.  A global perspective on old-growth forest restoration and silviculture: learning through shared experience.  Plenary presentation.  Primeval Beech Forests: Reference Systems for the Management and Conservation.  L'viv, Ukraine, June 2, 2013.
  • Keeton, W.S.  Forest carbon management in temperate forest systems.  Invited seminar.  Gregor Mendel University, Brno. Czech Republic. May 9, 2013.
  • Knorn, J.; T. Kuemmerle, V.C. Radeloff, W.S. Keeton, V. Gancz, B. Valdimir;  I.A. Biris, M. Svoboda, Miroslav, P. Griffiths, and P. Hostert.  Contributed presentation.  Continued loss of primeval beech forests in the Romanian Carpathians despite an increasing protected area network. Primeval Beech Forests: Reference Systems for the Management and Conservation. L'viv, Ukraine. June 3, 2013,
  • Burrascano, S., W.S. Keeton, F.M. Sabatini, and C. Blasi. Commonality and variability in the structural attributes of moist temperate old-growth forests: A global review.  Poster Presentation. Primeval Beech Forests: Reference Systems for the Management and Conservation.  L'viv, Ukraine. June 4, 2013.
  • Karabchuk, D., W.S.Keeton, M. Horoshko, P. Khomiuk, and Y. Bihun.  Accounting for canopy position in biomass and carbon sequestration evaluations of natural Picea abies stands in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.  Poster Presentation.  Primeval Beech Forests: Reference Systems for the Management and Conservation. L'viv, Ukraine. June 4, 2013.


Bob Manning delivered the keynote address at the 70th annual Governor's Conference on Recreation.  The meeting was held at Lake Morey, in Fairlee, Vermont and was attended by about 100 park and recreation practitioners from around the state.  Bob's lecture was based on his recent book, Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People, and outlined why and how park and recreation agencies might encourage people to walk more in their everyday lives.


Adrian Ivakhiv, Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture, recently published Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature. The book presents an ecophilosophy of the cinema: an account of the moving image in relation to its lived ecologies—the material, social, and perceptual relations within which movies are produced, consumed, and incorporated into cultural life.

Jed Murdoch, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology:

  • Munkhzul, T., J. Murdoch, and R. Reading.  2013.  Home range characteristics of corsac and red foxes in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.  Erforschung Biologischer Ressourcen der Mongolei (Halle/Saale) 12:1-12.

Bob Manning, Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources and Director of the Park Studies Laboratory:

  • Sayan, S., D. Krymkowski, R. Manning, and W. Valliere. 2013. Cultural Influence on Crowding Norms: A Comparative Analysis of Visitors to National Parks in Turkey and the United States. Environmental Management 52(2): 493-502.
  • Manning, R. Why Walk? Appalachia LXIV(2): 62-71.
  • Anderson, L. and R. Manning. 2013. Normative Evaluations Among Paddlers: A Comparison of Two Dimensions of Experience. Tourism in Marine Environments 9(1-2): 53-67.
  • Pettengill, P., B. Lee, and R. Manning. 2013. Traveler Perspectives of Greenway Quality in Northern New England. Transportation Research Record 2314: 31-40.

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, director of the Spatial Analysis lab:

  • Locke, D.H., J.M. Grove, M. Galvin, J.P.M. O’Neil-Dunne, and C. Murphy. 2013. Applications of Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Prioritization Tools: Supporting Collaborative Decision Making to Achieve Urban Sustainability Goals. Cities and the Environment 6(1):article 7.
  • Kovacs, K. F., Haight, R.G., Jung, S. Locke, D.H., O'Neil-Dunne J.P.M. 2013. The marginal cost of carbon abatement from planting street trees in New York City. Ecological Economics 95: 1-10, ISSN 0921-8009,

Bill Keeton, Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry and Director of the Forestry Program:

  • Mika, A. and W.S. Keeton. Net carbon fluxes at stand and landscape scales from wood bioenergy harvests in the U.S. Northeast. Global Change Biology: Bioenergy.  In Press.
  • Warren, D.R., W.S. Keeton, H. A. Bechtold, and E.J. Rosi-Marshall. 2013. Comparing streambed light availability and canopy cover in streams with old-growth versus early-mature riparian forests in western Oregon. Aquatic Sciences. Early view published online
  • Keeton, W.S., P. Angelstam, M. Baumflek, Y. Bihun, M. Chernyavskyy, S. M. Crow, A, Deyneka, M. Elbakidze, J. Farley, V. Kovalyshyn, B. Mahura, S Myklush, J. R. Nunery, I. Solovity, and L. Zahvoyska. 2013. Sustainable forest management alternatives for the Carpathian Mountain region, with a focus on Ukraine. Pages 331-352 in J. Kozak, K. Ostapowicz, A. Bytnerowicz, and B. Wyzga (eds.) The Carpathians: Integrating Nature and Society Towards Sustainability. Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Burrascano, S., W.S. Keeton, F.M. Sabatini, and C. Blasi. 2013. Commonality and variability in the structural attributes of moist temperate old-growth forests: A global review. Forest Ecology and Management 291:458?479.
  • Knorn, J., T. Kuemmerle, V.C. Radeloff, W.S. Keeton, V. Gancz, I.A. Biris, M. Svoboda, P. Griffiths, A. Hagatis, and P. Hostert. 2013. Continued loss of temperate old-growth forests in the Romanian Carpathians despite an increasing protected area network. Environmental Conservation. Early view published online
  • Buchholz, T., A.J. Friedland, C.E. Hornig, W.S. Keeton, G. Zanchi, and J. Nunery. 2013. Mineral soil carbon fluxes in forests and implications for carbon balance assessments. Global Change Biology: Bioenergy. Early view available online

The joint Forest Service/RSENR working group:

  • Richardson A.D.; Carbone, M.S.; Keenan, T.; Czimczik, C.I.; Hollinger, D.Y; Murakami, P.F.; Schaberg, P.G.; Xu, X. 2013. Seasonal dynamics and age of the stemwood nonstructural carbohydrates in temperate forest trees. New Phytologist 197:850-861.
  • Pardo, L.H.; Semaoune, P.; Schaberg, P.G.; Eagar, C.; Sebilo, M. 2013. Patterns in δ15N in roots, stems, and leaves of sugar maple and beech seedlings, saplings, and mature trees.Biogeochemistry 112:275-291.
  • Schaberg, P.G.; Saielli, T.M.; Hawley, G.J.; Halman, J.M.; Gurney, K.M. 2013. Growth and shoot winter injury of American chestnut seedlings grown in common garden at the species’ northern range limit. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station Pp 72-79.
  • Kosiba, A.M.; Schaberg, P.G.; Hawley, G.J.; Hansen, C.F. 2013. Quantifying the legacy of foliar winter injury on woody aboveground carbon sequestration of red spruce treesForest Ecology and Management 302:363-371. (FY’12).

This last paper the featured research on the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS) webpage in September ( and was the subject of a recent Press Release by the NRS (

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics:

  • Farley, J.; Burke, M.; Flomenhoft, G.; Kelly, B.; Murray, D.; Posner, S.; Putnam, M.; Scanlan, A.; Witham, A.. (2013) Monetary and Fiscal Policies for a Finite Planet. Sustainability 5(6) 2802-2826.
  • Taylor Ricketts - Wild Pollinators Enhance Fruit Set of Crops Regardless of Honey Bee Abundance. Science 339(6127) 1608-1611 and - Mapping the margin: comparing marginal values of tropical forest remnants for pollination services Ecological Applications, 23(5), 2013, pp. 1113–1123.
  • Roman, J.; Altman, I.; Dunphy-Daly, M. M.; Campbell, C.; Jasny, M.; Read, A. J.. (2013) The Marine Mammal Protection Act at 40: status, recovery, and future of U.S. marine mammals. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.


Class Notes

Spring 2013’s PRT 258 Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Tourism class, marked the first time prizes were awarded to students who created the top Business Plans, developed over the course of the spring semester.

PRT 258, Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Tourism, has been taught for more than two decades by long time faculty member Dave Kaufman.  The course requires students to create new businesses and write complete Business Plans to successfully launch their businesses.

Approximately twenty Business Plans were presented at the conclusion of the spring semester.  The winners represented a diverse group of students who created a broad spectrum of businesses.  The winners were:

First Place, $100: Helsby Vineyard, LLC by BSAD Major / PRT Minor Ben Spaulding.

Helsby Vineyard was created as a unique tourist oriented vineyard in the wine region of central NYS.

Second Place, $75 each: Freeze Frame Outdoor Adventures, LLC by BSAD Major and PRT Minor Mike Horvath and Geography Major Kevin Baranello

Freeze Frame Adventures was created as a year-round personal outdoor sports oriented and adventure videography service located in Park City, UT.

Third Place (tie!), $50 each: Wind Riders of Vermont, LLC by PRT Major Abram Weinberg and PRT Major Mallory Orr; and Northern Ski Company, LLC by BSAD Major and PRT Minor Nick Monteforte.  Wind Riders was created as a Lake Champlain instructional service for water based wind sports. Northern Ski Company was created as a small private ski center in northern Maine.


Screenshot of Jed Murdoch giving an online lecture in Conservation Biology and ModelingJed Murdoch recently co-taught a new online course entitled Conservation Biology and Modeling with Terri Donovan. The course covers 12 fundamental concepts of conservation biology and how to model them. Sixty-six online videos and spreadsheet lectures cover over 20 hours of material. The course was a joint project between our Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Jed used some of the videos in a "flipped classroom" last semester for a course he taught called Terrestrial Wildlife.

Alumni Notes

Brian Schneider ’03 (Forestry) teaches forestry at Haywood Community College in North Carolina.

James Burnham94 (Wildlife and Fisheries Biology) is an administrator for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.