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Meet Rubenstein People

From studying sea turtle nesting in Trinidad to studying the natural history of Vermont, Rubenstein people are active in the field and in the classroom. Get to know us.

Student Profiles

RSENR student Abigail Heggenstaller interned with The American Chestnut Foundation.


Abigail Heggenstaller Interns with The American Chestnut Foundation

Last summer, I worked as an intern at the Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). I participated in a wide variety of tasks, such as general orchard maintenance, data entry, and data collection in Vermont and Maine.

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Summer UVM Natural Areas field intern Adam Heckle busy scouting out the route of the new trail system at the Carse Wetland Natural Area in Hinesburg, VT. Photo by Rick Paradis.


Adam Heckle Provides Stewardship of UVM Natural Areas as a 2015 Perennial Summer Intern

Over the past 40 years, the University of Vermont has acquired ten diverse Natural Areas that offer a number of attributes that continue to enhance students’ learning experience, improve health of the surrounding community, and give refuge to an array of flora and fauna. In the summer of 2015, Adam Heckle (NR ’16) was chosen ...

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Jessie Griffen


From the Berkshires to the Champlain Valley, Jessie Griffen Strengthens Bonds Between People and Their Natural World

Much like the songbirds she encountered at her summer field site in Massachusetts, Jessie Griffen feels at home in many environments. As a second year Ecological Planning (EP) Master’s student in the Rubenstein School, her versatility is matched by an enthusiastic drive for exploration — from the botanical candy-land of Costa ...

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Courtney Giles and Peter Isles on floating platform in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay.


Missisquoi Bay’s Worst Algae Bloom Tied to Low Spring Snowmelt and Hot, Dry Summer Conditions

Several factors combined to drive the worst blue-green algae bloom in northeastern Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay in recent history. Scientists attribute these unsightly and toxin-producing blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, blooms to a changing climate and changing nutrient inputs from our intensifying land use practices. 

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