University of Vermont

Community Notes - May 2014

Undergraduate Emily Peterson presents her research at the UVM Student Research Conference.
Undergraduate Emily Peterson presents her research at the UVM Student Research Conference.

In the Media

The Vermont Monitoring Cooperative released the proceedings of its 2013 Conference, including many abstracts from the Rubenstein community. The proceedings can be viewed at:

National Geographic featured the Rubenstein School Spatial Analysis Laboratory’s urban tree canopy mapping in their online article for Arbor Day:

Emily Peterson, a sophomore WFB major and Honors College student, was featured in the Burlington Free Press in Tim Johnson's article on the UVM Student Research Conference, which can be viewed here: Her project involved using a model to map red fox distribution in Mongolia and she completed the project as part of Beverly Wemple's Honors College Geospatial Technologies class.

Gund Fellow Joe Roman was featured in a variety of media:

Gund Fellow Ernesto Mendez' research on the shift to more intense coffee cultivation was covered in the Huffington Post:

Gund Fellow Brendan Fisher's blog on his research on improving fish diversity and conservation agriculture in Mozambique was featured in Nature:

The Burlington Free Press featured a 3-page spread on two views from Vermont on the crisis in Ukraine, including one view from Professor Adrian Ivakhiv:


Awards and Promotions

Bill Valliere received a 2014 President’s Our Common Ground award. The award recognizes UVM staff members who exemplify Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice, and Responsibility, the qualities of Our Common Ground, the statement of the UVM community’s aspirations and shared values.  

Katie Stoner '16 and Claire Wiggin '16 received Honorable Mention recognition in the Udall Scholarship competition. As Honorable Mentions, both students will get a small scholarship as well as access to the Udall Scholar network.

Congratulations to Pat Stokowski and Walt Kuentzel on their promotions to Full Professor, Jason Stockwell on receiving tenure, Dave Kaufman for his promotion to Senior Lecturer, and to the Rubenstein School’s newly appointed emeritus professors, Larry Forcier, Alan McIntosh, and Leslie Morrissey.

Gund Fellow Brian Voigt was awarded a research grant under the Lake Champlain Basin Program for "Assessing the Economic Value of Clean Water in the Lake Champlain Basin".

Gund Fellow Chris Koliba was awarded a Fulbright to Colombo University in Sri Lanka.

Gund Fellow Donna Rizzo Received the 2014 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award.


Presentations and Projects

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, gave a workshop (entitled “Object-based Image Analysis”) and presentation (entitled “High-Resolution Statewide Land Cover Mapping”) at the American Society of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing annual conference in Louisville.  

The Spatial Analysis Lab also completed an analysis of Charlotte, North Carolina’s tree canopy. The results are being used by the city to chart a greener future.

Undergraduates Ben Szydlowski and Tyler Parentpresented the following talks at the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual conference in Portland, Maine.

  • Szydlowski, B. T., L. Simard, A. Sotola, and J. E. Marsden.  You can sink but you cannot hide: substrate penetration by lake trout eggs and their sculpin predators.
  • Parent, T., W. C. Kilpatrick, L. Bernacki, and J. E. Marsden. Effect of lake fragmentation by causeways on lake whitefish population structure.

Undergraduates Molly Alves, Sam Bennet, Nicole Kisner, Erin Sharkey, Matthias Sirch, and Katie Stoner also attended the conference.

Ellen Marsden, Professor of Fisheries and Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, received the following new grants and contracts:

  • Marsden, J. E., J. Rinchard, A. Evans.  Can early feeding in lake trout fry ameliorate thiamine deficiency?  Great Lakes Fishery Commission $139,500
  • Marsden, J. E., C. S. Guy, and R. Gresswell.  Evaluation of lake trout egg distribution, density, and survival in Yellowstone Lake.  Yellowstone Park Foundation.  $150,000
  • Marsden, J. E. and J. D. Stockwell.  An acoustic telemetry array for Lake Champlain: investigating effects of aquatic habitat fragmentation on lake whitefish and habitat use by lake trout. Water Resources Center, $40,000

The following posters were presented recently by students working with Jason Stockwell:

  • Mailhot, J., and P. Isles. 2014. Investigating the correlation between algal bloom biodiversity, spatial distribution and abiotic aquatic conditions in Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists, Burlington, Vermont.
  • Ritchie, K., T. Gearhart, J.D. Stockwell, and J. Kraft. 2014. Cyanobacteria blooms and essential fatty acid transfer through the Lake Champlain food web. Presented at 6th Annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium, Burlington, Vermont.
  • Ritz, T., T. Gearhart, and J.D. Stockwell. 2014. Cyanobacteria effects on white perch health in Missisquoi Bay, Vermont. Presented at 6th Annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium, Burlington, Vermont.

Jed Murdoch, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, gave a keynote address to a biology conference at Colorado College in April.  The title of the talk was “Carnivore conservation in a changing world: challenges and opportunities”.

Master’s student Jeff O’Donnell gave a presentation entitled “Exploring Conservation Discourses In The Adirondacks: From Whitney Park To Finch Pruyn” at the Adirondack Research Consortium’s 21st Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY, May 15, 2014.



Ellen Marsden, Professor of Fisheries and Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, recently published the following:

  • Fitzsimons, J. D. and J. E. Marsden.  2014.  Relationship between lake trout spawning, embryonic survival, and currents: A case of bet hedging in the face of environmental stochasticity?  J. Great Lakes Res. 40:92-101.
  • Binder, T. R., H.T. Thompson, A.M. Muir, S.C. Riley, J.E. Marsden, C.R. Bronte, and C.C. Krueger.  2014.  New insight into the spawning behavior of lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush, from a recovering population in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Ecol. Freshwater Fish. 23: 00-00.
  • Marsden, J. E., K. Kelsey, J. Riley, and J. Hatt.  2014.  Evaluation of calcein for marking lake trout fry, and estimation of lake trout fry abundance on a spawning reef.  N. Am. J. Fish. Manage. 34:270-275.

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, co-authored the publication: Groffman, Peter M., Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Neil D. Bettez, J. Morgan Grove, Sharon J. Hall, James B. Heffernan, Sarah E. Hobbie, Kelli L. Larson, Jennifer L. Morse, Christopher Neill, Kristen C. Nelson, Laura A. Ogden, Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Diane E. Pataki, Rinku Roy Chowdhury, and Meredith K. Steele. "Ecological homogenization of urban USA." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12, no. 1 (2014): 74-81.

Laura Keir, who earned her M.S. in Natural Resources from the Rubenstein School last year, recently published the following:

  • Keir, L., R. Watts, and S. Inwood. 2014. Environmental justice and citizen perceptions of a proposed electric transmission line. Community Development, 5 (2): 107-120.
  • Keir, L. and S. Ali. 2014. Conflict Assessment in Energy Infrastructure Siting: Prospects for Consensus Building in the Northern Pass Transmission Line Project. Negotiation Journal, 30: 169–189.

Hannah Davie recently had a paper accepted for publication related to human perceptions of wolves in Mongolia.  This work was part of her Masters thesis research.  Jed Murdoch served as her advisor and Pat Stokowski served on her committee: Davie, H., P. A. Stokowski, L. Ankhbayar, and J. D. Murdoch.  In press.  Herders and wolves in post-Soviet society: an ethnographic study in Mongolia's Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.  Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

The following recent publications include several RSENR scientists and graduate students:

  • Schaberg, P.G.; Hawley, G.J.; Rayback, S.A.; Halman, J.M; Kosiba, A.M. 2014. Inconclusive evidence of Juniperus virginiana recovery following sulfur pollutionreductions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(1).
  • White, K.; Pontius, J.; Schaberg, P. Remote sensing of spring phenology in northeastern forests: a comparison of methods, field metrics and sources of uncertainty. Remote Sensing of Environment 148: 97-107.

Monika Derrien, a May 2014 graduate of the doctoral program, recently published the following along with her advisor, Associate Professor Patricia Stokowski: Derrien, M.M. & P.A. Stokowski. (2014) Sense of Place as a Learning Process: Examples from the Narratives of Bosnian Immigrants in Vermont. Leisure Sciences 36(2): 107-125.

Gund Fellows Jon Erickson and Brian Voigt, and Gund Affiliate Ferdinando Villa published a new article, “New perspectives in ecosystem services science as instruments to understand environmental securities” in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Gund Fellow Bill Keeton and graduate student Anna Mika recently published, “Net carbon fluxes at stand and landscape scales from wood bioenergy harvests in the US Northeast” in Global Change Biology Bioenergy.  

Gund Fellow Ernesto Méndez and collaborators published, “Explaining the ‘hungry farmer paradox’: Smallholders and fair trade cooperatives navigate seasonality and change in Nicaragua’s corn and coffee markets,” in Global Environmental Change.

Doctoral student Bess Perry recently published the following: Perry, E. E., Needham, M. D., Cramer, L. A., & Rosenberger, R. S. (2014). Coastal resident knowledge of new marine reserves in Oregon: The impact of proximity and attachment. Ocean and Coastal Management, 95(8), 107-116.


Class, Club, and Event Notes

Student conducts maple and ash survey in Winooski, Vermont.Students in Kimberly Wallin’s Forest Ecosystem Health class (FOR 235) participated in several service learning projects, including an urban maple and ash tree inventory for the City of Winooski (initiated by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program, Elise Schadler, and Kimberly Wallin) and a forest health and structure evaluation of the UVM ropes course (initiated by Heidi Williams at the ropes course and Kimberly Wallin). After completing the forest health evaluation, students got to participate in an adventure ropes course centered around environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.Student on the UVM Adventure Ropes Course after evaluating trees within and surrounding the course.

Although the information in this document has been funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement in Bates College, it may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.

The senior capstone class NR 206 (Environmental Problem Solving) was hard at work this semester with a myriad of diverse and wonderful community projects.  One student group worked with the Vermont Goat Collaborative to expand the project to include sustainably raised chickens, while another continued a project with Burton from last semester to reduce its global packaging stream. Mallets Bay School is now able to enjoy class outside, thanks to a NR206 project that worked alongside elementary students to design a full-fledged outdoor classroom. You can see them on the news

Yet another group worked with Rubenstein’s own Allan Strong to develop a community and undergraduate based bird-banding program for Black-capped Chickadees in Centennial Woods. These are just a few examples of many community collaborations this semester that include working with the Intervale Center, Earthwalk, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, the Community Sailing Center, and the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) for the City of Burlington.  Yet another exciting and successful NR206 semester!

Visiting carnivore specialist Amy Dickman presented the following:

  • UVM Wildlife and Fisheries Society meeting with Amy Dickman: Tuesday, April 15th, 12:45 - 2:00 pm.
  • WFB 283 Terrestrial Wildlife lecture by Amy Dickman: Friday, April 18th, 8:30 - 9:20 am.

The Gund hosted or co-hosted the following lectures:

  • David Bollier, " Think Like a Commoner: a Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons". 
  • Dr. David Wilcove, as a UVM Burack Distinguished Lecturer who presented on: “Case of the Killer Cookie: Logging, Oil Palm, and Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia”.
  • Chris Golden, director of HEAL, "Optimizing conservation and public health in view of current environmental mega-trends”.