University of Vermont

30th Annual Graduate Research Symposium Presents Work of 15 Grad Students

Master's student Christine Peterson presents her research at the Graduate Research Symposium.
Master's student Christine Peterson presents her research at the Graduate Research Symposium.

The Rubenstein School's 30th Annual Graduate Research Symposium took place on the evenings of October 15 and 16, 2013. This year's Symposium, coordinated once again by the very capable Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner, Graduate Program Student Services Specialist, featured the research of fifteen of our second-year graduate students.

A special thanks to graduate students Michelle Brown, Ariana Cano, Peter Isles, Sarah Pears, Bess Perry, and Betsy Puchala for moderating sessions and providing technical assistance.

The Symposium concluded with the traditional community reception.



Samuel Carlson Is Biodiversity in Liberia Actually Worth Preserving? Advisor: Jon D. Erickson

Clare Crosby Northern Champlain Valley Invasives Project Advisor: Walter Poleman

Eliese A. Dykstra Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Estimate Black Bear Diet in Vermont Advisor: James D. Murdoch

Peter Euclide Assessing Temperature Sensitivity of Pelagic vs. Benthic-caught Mysis diluviana Advisor: Jason Stockwell

Joanne Garton The Effectiveness of Best Management Practices on Vermont's Rural Roads Advisors: Beverley Wemple & Deane Wang

Christopher F. Hansen LiDAR Remote Sensing of Forest Canopy Structure: Trophic Interactions among Forest Health and Productivity and Arthropod and Bird Abundance and Diversity Advisors: Allan Strong & Paul Schaberg

Shelley Hart The Relationship between Urban Food Deserts and Community Gardens in Vermont Advisor: Tom Hudspeth

Chester Harvey Measuring the Street Enviroment and User Experience for Livability Advisors: Lisa Aultman-Hall & Austin Troy

Mitchell Jones Modeling the Impact of Warmer Waters and Herring Density on Ocean Food Webs: A Modeling Approach Advisor: Janson Stockwell

Jeffrey O'Donnell Searching for "The Heart of the Adirondacks": Using Media Content Analysis to Explore Positive Discourses of Conservation and a Politics of Place in the Adirondacks Advisor: Patricia Stokowski

Robin Orr Intermediate-Intensity Wind Disturbance in Northern Forests: Biological Legacy Patterns and Influences on Forest Recovery Including Aboveground Carbon Storage Advisor: William Keeton

Tim Pede Linking Land Use Change and Energy Demand Modeling: A Conceptual Framework of an Energy Use Indicator for UrbanSim Advisor: Austin Troy

Christine Peterson Powerline Rights of Way and Population Declines in Early Successional Bird Species: Making Connections with Private Landowners Advisor: Allan Strong

Jakob Schenker Eco-Remediation of Bunker C Crude Oil on Grafton, MA Site Advisor: William Keeton

Laura Yayac Conservation and Change Advisor: Deane Wang