University of Vermont

RSENR Community Notes

Media, Awards, Presentations, Pubs, Class & Club Notes and more

In the Media

Ellen Marsden, Professor of Fisheries and Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, is featured in a public radio program about lake trout in Lake Huron. Listen to the broadcast here:

Biofuels Instructor Anju Dahiya’s USDA supported advanced biofuels project for transforming waste to fuel in Vermont was recently featured in an article in the Burlington Free Press:

Gund Fellow, Gary Flomenhoft released the following report on Public Banking in Vermont:


Awards and Promotions

Thom McEvoy, Professor Emeritus, received one of five awards to the emeritus community from President Sullivan to complete a 3rd edition of his book Introduction to Forest Ecology and Silviculture. He will also be attending the UVM Author's Banquet, where his book Planning Family Forests - How to Keep Woodlands Intact and in the Family (2013 Forestry Press) will be showcased.

Bill Keeton, Professor of Forest Ecology and Forestry and Director of the Forestry Program, was selected to serve on the Vermont State Voluntary Harvesting Guidelines Project Advisory Committee.

Ellen Marsden, Professor of Fisheries and Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, received funding for two new proposals:

2013-2018. Marsden, J. E. and J. D. Stockwell.  Lake Champlain fish ecology: a mesocosm approach to the Great Lakes. Great Lakes Fishery Commission. $945,000.

2013-2014.  Marsden, J. E., C. Guy, R. Gresswell.  Evaluation of lake trout egg distribution, density, and survival in Yellowstone Lake.  Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited. $40,000


Presentations and Projects

Erin De Vries attended the Southern Regional Water Program, a Partnership of USDA NIFA and Land Grant Colleges & Universities, Water Education Summit 2013. Erin presented on the Lake Champlain Sea Grant/UVM Watershed Alliance program in the Youth Water Education session. The title of her talk was "Secret Weapon, Undergraduate Interns, Help Expand Water Education Youth Programs."

Erin also completed a two-week training of the National Sea Grant Academy in Duluth, Minnesota in October. The first week of the training was held in April in Leesburg, Virginia. The training gives new Sea Grant employees the opportunity to build their professional networks and learn the ins and outs of Sea Grant. Erin is the Aquatic Science Literacy Educator and Outreach & Education Coordinator for UVM Watershed Alliance.

Ellen Marsden, Professor of Fisheries and Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, gave a briefing on her research on the Champlain Canal to the New England Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force on October 24 in Glens Falls, NY. On Nov. 7, Ellen Marsden presented a talk on her research on lake trout in Lake Champlain and Yellowstone Lake to the Maddog Trout Unlimited chapter in Barre, VT.

At this fall’s Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference, Tom Hudspeth, Professor of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources, presented on “Theoretical Underpinning For Campus Sustainability Initiatives and Application for Active Student Engagement In Developing Sustainability Features For LEED-Platinum Renovated Building” and, with Tarah Rowse, “Noteworthy Features of UVM’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program.”  At this fall’s North American Association for Environmental Education conference, Tom presented on "University Students Produce Videotapes for Storytelling about Sustainability Heroes/Heroines" and "Effectively Interpreting and Communicating about Campus Sustainability Initiatives."

The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics hosted Dr. Stephen Polasky from October 14th-18th for his first visit as a University of Vermont James Marsh Professor-at-Large. Steve visited with undergraduate and graduate courses, gave two campus-wide lectures, and advised a variety of grad students and post-docs on their research.  He also worked with a small group from the Gund on a weeklong project to estimate the value of the Otter Creek wetlands in reducing flood damage in Middlebury during tropical storm Irene.

The Gund also hosted the first ever Gund Research Slam on October 29th at the Echo Center. Over 100 people attended to hear (20) 4-minute talks by Gund Fellows, Post-Docs, and Graduate Fellows.



Stokowski, Patricia A. 2013. Understanding Written Comments on Mail Questionnaires: A Rhetorical Analysis. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 3-4: 19-27.

The Gund Fellows and Affiliates have published at least 42 articles or books this year.  A sample of publications that have come out recently from the Gund is below:

Burrascano, S.; Keeton, W. S.; Sabatini, F. M.; Blasi, C.. (2013) Commonality and variability in the structural attributes of moist temperate old-growth forests: A global review. Forest Ecology and Management 291:458-479 Link to Publication

Garibaldi, L. A.; Steffan-Dewenter, I.; Winfree, R.; Aizen, M. A.; Bommarco, R.; Cunningham, S. A.; Kremen, C.; Carvalheiro, L. G.; Harder, L. D.; Afik, O.; Bartomeus, I.; Benjamin, F.; Boreux, V.; Cariveau, D.; Chacoff, N. P.; Dudenhoffer, J. H.; Freitas, B. M.; Ghazoul, J.; Greenleaf, S.; Hipolito, J.; Holzschuh, A.; Howlett, B.; Isaacs, R.; Javorek, S. K.; Kennedy, C. M.; Krewenka, K. M.; Krishnan, S.; Mandelik, Y.; Mayfield, M. M.; Motzke, I.; Munyuli, T.; Nault, B. A.; Otieno, M.; Petersen, J.; Pisanty, G.; Potts, S. G.; Rader, R.; Ricketts, T. H.; Rundlof, M.; Seymour, C. L.; Schuepp, C.; Szentgyorgyi, H.; Taki, H.; Tscharntke, T.; Vergara, C. H.; Viana, B. F.; Wanger, T. C.; Westphal, C.; Williams, N.; Klein, A. M.. (2013) Wild Pollinators Enhance Fruit Set of Crops Regardless of Honey Bee Abundance. Science 339(6127):1608-1611 Link to Publication

Jain, M.; Mondal, P.; DeFries, R. S.; Small, C.; Galford, G. L.. (2013) Mapping cropping intensity of smallholder farms: A comparison of methods using multiple sensors. Remote Sensing of Environment 134 210-223 Link to Publication

Lucero, D. E.; Morrissey, L. A.; Rizzo, D. M.; Rodas, A.; Garnica, R.; Stevens, L.; Bustamante, D. M.; Carlota Monroy, M.. (2013) Ecohealth Interventions Limit Triatomine Reinfestation following Insecticide Spraying in La Brea, Guatemala. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 88(4):630-637 Link to Publication

Morris, K. S.; Mendez, V. E.; Olson, M. B.. (2013) "Los meses flacos': seasonal food insecurity in a Salvadoran organic coffee cooperative. Journal of Peasant Studies 40(2):423-446 Link to Publication

Olander, L.; Wollenberg, E.; Tubiello, F.; Herold, M.. (2013) Advancing agricultural greenhouse gas quantification. 8(1) Link to Publication

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  Link to Publication


Class and Club Notes

Info about the Spring 2014 "BioEnergy - Biomass to Biofuels" course is available at The course can be taken for 2-4 credits, with a certificate of achievement for 4 credits, starting January 13, 2014. Contact Anju Dahiya at for more information. 

The UVM Wildlife and Fisheries Society helped collect deer harvest data for the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife (VDFW) during the youth hunting and rifle seasons this year.  Over 35 student members of the society dispatched to deer check stations throughout the state from Newport in the north to Brattleboro in the south.  Students assisted state biologists to collect data on harvested deer and bear, including age, sex, and morphological measurements.  Students also collected blood samples for the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) that will be used to track Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  Student leaders worked closely with Adam Murkowski, Deer Biologist for the VDFW, and Elizabeth Beeson, Epidemiology Field Agent for VDH, to organize the event. 

The UVM Wildlife and Fisheries Society is an official Student Government Association club and chapter of the national Wildlife Society.  Students in the society represent several majors across campus including wildlife biology, environmental sciences, environmental studies, animal sciences, and zoology (among others).