University of Vermont

  • environmental leaders

    "I wanted to learn about how forest ecosystems work and find a job where I could be outside and do something meaningful."— Eric Donnelly

    Eric DonnellyForestry major, research project at UVM forest, forestry technician protecting society's forest-based natural resources long-term. More about Eric

  • environmental leaders

    "The hands-on learning approach allowed me to integrate classroom learning with real life experience." — Alex Marcucci

    Alex MarcucciEnvironmental sciences major, watershed steward & restoration intern, valued service-learning courses, environmental scientist with consulting firm. More about Alex

  • environmental leaders

    "I knew I would be surrounded by individuals who shared many of the same passions."— Carson Casey

    Carson Casey Natural resources major, student government, research on clean energy for Vermont legislature, study abroad in Tanzania, job in renewable energy education. More about Carson

  • environmental leaders

    "Here is a cool new technology for me to jump into that combines geography, natural resources, and information technology!" — Maya Thomas

    Maya ThomasEnvironmental sciences major, GIS minor, research internships, GIS specialist with consulting firm. More about Maya

  • environmental leaders

    "I wanted to become more fluent in the natural history of the region and gain the skills needed to get my students learning outside." — Ryan Morra

    Ryan MorraMaster's degree in natural resources, project in Puerto Rico, professional development programs in sustainability for educators. More about Ryan

  • environmental leaders

    "I learned that science can provide you with the outdoor adventure of a lifetime." — Ryan Sleeper

    Ryan SleeperEnvironmental sciences major, graduate student in natural resources, field research in Alaska, job with environmental consulting company. More about Ryan

The Rubenstein School offers exciting, hands-on environmental programs that integrate natural sciences and social perspectives. Our small, close-knit community challenges students to discover knowledge, skills, and values to become innovative, environmentally-responsible leaders. More about our School | More about studying the environment at UVM

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  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Wildlife Biology
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Thursday May 28, 2015
Cityscape Connections: Assessing Relationships among Urban Populations and National Park Service Parks, Programs, and Partnerships

By Elizabeth E. Perry

Seminar: 1pm, Aiken 311
Defense: 2pm, Aiken 311

Robert Manning, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Jennifer Jewiss, Research Assistant Professor, Education and Social Services, Chair
Clare Ginger, Associate Professor, RSENR
Daniel Krymkowski, Professor, Sociology

National parks protect vital natural, cultural, and recreational resources and use these resources to tell many of America’s most iconic stories. Although all national parks provide opportunities for people to engage with their lands and histories, the ability to engage large, diverse, and proximate communities is unique to national parks in urban areas. The National Park Service (NPS) has responded to this opportunity with innovative approaches to connect these communities to their local NPS units. Following up on a pledge made to the American people, the NPS initiated its landmark Urban Agenda in 2015. This program is an effort to enhance the relevance of national parks to all Americans, emphasize the entire NPS portfolio, and nurture a culture of collaboration. Community and intra-agency perceptions about NPS workings in urban areas, however, are currently unknown.

The proposed research will address this need by providing information about the effectiveness of NPS parks, programs, and partnerships in a variety of urban areas. The intent of this research is to understand: (1) NPS and community perspectives about parks; (2) NPS and community interactions with programs; (3) NPS-based partnership networks; and (4) areas where the Urban Agenda can positively impact park-people connections. This research will use a multi-methods approach, combining qualitative developmental evaluation and quantitative social network analysis. Research results will aid in site-specific and overall successful implementation of the Urban Agenda, contribute to enhanced management coordination of the NPS in urban areas, and highlight means by which park-people relevancy and resiliency may be strengthened.
Tuesday June 2, 2015
12:05 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. + UVM Staff Council Meeting
UVM Staff Council Meeting
Thursday June 4, 2015
Human-Nature Relationship and Faerie Faith in the American Pagan Subculture

By Sarah Goodrich

Seminar: 10:00am, Jeffords Hall room 326
Defense: 11:00am Jeffords Hall room 326

Adrian Ivakhiv, PhD, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Catherine Connor, PhD, Professor, Romance Languages, Committee Chair
Thomas Hudspeth, PhD, Professor, RSENR

Within American religious culture, there is a small but significant and growing movement that overlaps and interacts with the environmental movement. It’s known by many names, including Contemporary Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Earth Religion, and Nature Religion. A few years of observation at Starwood Festival, the largest annual Pagan gathering in North America, elucidated that many individuals who identify as Pagan (or Wiccan, Druid, animist, or another of the identities that fall under the Pagan umbrella) include in their spiritual practice engagement with faeries or other nature spirits. My research employed qualitative methods including participant observation and interviews to examine the extent to which engagement with faeries and other nature spirits among Pagan festival attendees affects their relationships with nature and their behaviors in the natural world. The Pagan understanding of the Earth and all of its inhabitants and elements as animate or inspirited—as exemplified in the phenomenon of faerie faith—conflates the wellbeing of the Earth and wild nature with the psychological wellbeing of each individual human, making this worldview highly compatible with the emerging field of ecopsychology. Drawing on theories of enchantment, consciousness, multiple realities, imagination, and play, my interpretations of the stories of my informants contribute additional perspective to the contemporary practice of Paganism as a small but growing countercultural movement within the dominant Western culture, particularly as it informs the human-(in)-nature relationship.

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