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  • 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
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  • Wildlife Biology
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RSENR EVENTS

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

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

ABSTRACT
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.

Friday June 5, 2015
Resolving land use impacts on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in streams: novel insights using high-frequency in-situ optical water quality sensors

By Matthew C. Vaughan

Seminar: 9:30am, Aiken 103

Defense: 10:30am, Aiken 103

Committee
Arne Bomblies, CEMS, Chair
William Bowden, RSENR, Advisor
Andrew Schroth, Geology, Advisor
James Shanley, RSENR

Abstract
Changes in land use threaten aquatic ecosystems that are essential for water purification, flood control, food production, and recreation. Traditional methods of monitoring water quality fall short of capturing important short-timescale dynamics during storm events due to infrequent sampling and labor intensive techniques. Recent development of optical sensor technology allows water quality parameters to be measured in streams on sub-hourly timescales that capture rapid changes in hydrologic and biogeochemical processes critical for resource management. This research aims to improve sensor performance by developing calibration algorithms to accurately predict key water quality parameters, and to evaluate this technology in a variety of land use and climatic settings. The Northeast Water Resources Network (NEWRnet) has developed a network of cutting-edge sensors that are collecting high-frequency, continuous water quality data in streams throughout the Northeast US. Data from NEWRnet will be used to improve understanding of how agricultural, urban-suburban, and forested land uses may influence water quality in the region. Measurements from NEWRnet will also provide unprecedented insights into seasonal dynamics, annual nutrient fluxes, and the effects of major storms.

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