University of Vermont

RSENR Community Notes & Awards - March 2014


Ibit Getchell, Student Services Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program, received the Outstanding Staff Woman Award for 2014. Each year at UVM, The Women’s Center, Women’s & Gender Studies, and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women partner to honor women and allies in our community for their outstanding contributions to the lives of women. Ibit’s award honors a staff woman who has made significant contributions to the lives of women on campus through service, advocacy, and feminist programming.

Nathan Reigner has been selected to receive a Tom and Muriel More Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and provides them with the opportunity to present their work at the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium.

Nathan Reigner was also named the UVM’s Transportation Research Center Student of the Year. Read the announcement here:

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory undergraduate students Genevieve Meller, Jessica Mailhot, Ben Szydlowski, Hannah Weiss, Rachael DeWitt, Jake Calvitti, and Brad Roy received spring mini-grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Two RSENR graduate students, Chester Harvey and Laura Yayac received the Thomas J. Votta Graduate Scholarship from the UVM Graduate College. The Thomas J. Votta Scholarship was created by Charles Walker, Tom's life partner, family and friends following Mr. Votta's death to honor his wish to solve environmental problems using best practices.


In the Media

Adjunct Professor Brian Mitchell recently authored an article about coyote vocalizations featured on the Northern Woodlands website and in several local newspapers. Read the article here:

The Gund Institute released the Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator website:

Gund Fellow Joe Roman was featured on BBC's Power of Nature: and on NPR Science Friday discussing the Endangered Species Act:


Presentations and Projects

Interim Dean Jon Erickson gave the following presentations:

“Economics for the Anthropocene,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Feb. 10, 2014.

“Climate Change in Vermont,” A Call to Action Public Forum, Courageous Conversations through Art, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT, Jan. 9, 2014.

“Addressing Climate Impacts and Opportunities on Working Lands,” Summit on the Future of Vermont's Working Landscape, Vermont Council on Rural Development, Randolph, VT, Dec. 17, 2013.

“Bold is Beautiful: Metrics and Milestones for Charting Progress in the Genuine Economy,” Keynote, Annual Meeting of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation, Dec. 5, 2013.


The Low-Emissions Agriculture theme of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, led by PI Lini Wollenberg and in collaboration with partners, will highlight policy-relevant conclusions from the IPCC’s Working Group III and identify exciting opportunities for achieving significant mitigation by bringing together scientists, practitioners and financiers on April 16 in Washington DC.


Interim Dean and Gund Fellow Jon D Erickson, Gund Fellow Brian Voigt, and Gund Affiliate Ferdinando Villa just published the following article: Villa, F., Voigt, B. and J.D. Erickson, “New Perspectives in Ecosystem Services Science as Instruments to Understand Environmental Securities,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369, 2014.

Hannah Davie, 2013 graduate of the Forest and Wildlife Sciences master’s program and 2010 graduate of the undergraduate Wildlife & Fisheries Biology program, and Jed Murdoch, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, published the following article: Davie, H., J. Murdoch, A. Lkhagvasuren, and R. Reading. 2014. Measuring and mapping the influence of landscape factors on livestock predation by wolves in Mongolia. Journal of Arid Environments 103:85-91.

Kelly Halloran (Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program ’12) recently published the following paper based on a chapter of her undergraduate Honors College thesis, which she completed in collaboration with the Zambian Carnivore Programme ( Halloran, K., J. D. Murdoch, and M. S. Becker. 2014. Applying computer-aided photo-identification to messy datasets: a case study of Thornicroft’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti). African Journal of Ecology, in press.

Gund Fellow, Ernesto Mendez published "Food sovereignty: an alternative paradigm for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation in Latin America" in F1000:

Ernesto Mendez and Gund staff member Meryl Richards published the following article: Richards MB, Méndez VE. Interactions between Carbon Sequestration and Shade Tree Diversity in a Smallholder Coffee Cooperative in El Salvador. Conserv Biol. 2013 Nov 27. The Gund website also featured a write up about the publication:

Ellen Marsden, Professor of Fisheries and Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, recently published the following: Marsden, J. E., P. Stangel, A Shambaugh.  2013. Zebra mussels in Lake Champlain: a sixteen-year monitoring database. Chapter 2, In: T. Nalepa and D. Schloesser, Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control, 2nd ed. CRC Press.

Research Associate Professor at the Gund Institute Lini Wollenberg published the following articles recently:

Rosenstock TS, Rufino MC, Butterbach-Bahl K, Wollenberg E. 2013. Toward a protocol for quantifying the greenhouse gas balance and identifying mitigation options in smallholder farming systems.  Environmental Research Letters. 8:021003.

Newton P, Agarwal A, Wollenberg E. 2013. Enhancing the sustainability of commodity supply chains in tropical forest and agricultural landscapes. Global Environmental Change, 23:6: 1761–1772.

Harvey CA, Chacón M, Donatti CI, Garen E, Hannah L, Andrade A,Bede L, Brown D, Calle A, Chará J, Clement C, Gray E, Hoang MH, Minang P, Rodríguez AM, Seeberg-Elverfeldt C, Semroc B, Shames S, Smukler S,  Somarriba E,  Torquebiau E, van Etten J, Wollenberg E,. 2013. Climate-smart landscapes: opportunities and challenges for integrating adaptation and mitigation in tropical agriculture. Conservation Letters 00:1–14. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12066

Neufeldt H, Jahn M, Campbell C, Beddington JR, DeClerck F,  De Pinto A, Hellin J, Herrero M, Jarvis A, LeZaks D, Holger M, Rosenstock T, Scholes M, Scholes R,  Vermeulen S, Wollenberg E, Zougmoré R.  2013. Beyond climate-smart agriculture – toward safe operating spaces for global food systems.  Agriculture and Food Security 2(12). doi:10.1186/2048-7010-2-12 

Edmunds D, Sasser J, Wollenberg E. 2013. A gender strategy for pro-poor climate change mitigation. CCAFS Working Paper no. 36. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).


Events and Program Notes

The Gund Institute hosted the following talks in February and March: Chris Golden from HEAL (

Kent Messer "Conserving Spatially Explicit Benefits in Ecosystem Service Markets: Lab and Artefactual Field Tests of Network Bonuses and Spatial Targeting"

David Wilcove for a Burack Lecture on "Case of the Killer Cookie: Logging, Oil Palm, and Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia"


Forrest Hammond, bear biologist for Vermont Fish and Wildlife, gives a presentation to the UVM Student Wildlife and Fisheries Society on bear management.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant is offering a workshop titled "Water Resources for Realtors" that targets VT licensed Realtors to offer continuing education credits with a class that provides information on land use planning, state regulations, flood mitigation, natural resource mapping tools, and lake, river and wetland science. Learn more (and sign up) at This is a direct extension of water resources information from natural resources professionals (trained at RSENR) to professionals in the property brokerage field.

Forrest Hammond, bear biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, gave a presentation to the UVM Wildlife and Fisheries Society on bear management and the impacts of wind development in Vermont.