University of Vermont

  • 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

  • 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

    "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 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

    "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

    "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

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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Thursday October 8, 2015
Aiken 311

Landscape Design for Water Treatment

Dr. Stephanie Hurley, University of Vermont, DDes (Doctor of Design) Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Landscape Design & Planning; Ecological Design; Green Stormwater Infrastructure; Land Use and Watershed Management; Urban Ecology; Landscape Visualization

Snacks and drinks provided
Friday October 9, 2015
Cuba's Marine Environment

Gund Institute
Johnson House 101
617 Main Street

The opening of relations between the U.S. and Cuba creates an unprecedented opportunity for the Cuban people to grow their economy. But normalized relations also bring extraordinary challenges and threats to Cuba's natural treasures and to the livelihoods of people who depend upon a sustainable resource base. In addition, a large fraction of unique, important and valuable coastal ecosystem elements are exposed to warming waters, rising seas and intensifying tropical storms associated with global climate change.

This presentation will take a look at some of these opportunities and challenges and examine how expanding scientific exchange and environmental cooperation between the US and Cuba is in the national interest of both countries.

Daniel Whittle directs EDF's work to advance conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems in Cuba. He works with Cuban scientists, lawyers and resource managers to identify and implement collaborative strategies for fisheries management, coral reef conservation, and sustainable coastal development in Cuba and the region. He has a J.D. from University of Colorado and a BA in economics and German from Vanderbilt University.
Aiken Center
Presentations by Rubenstein School graduate students on a variety of research topics.

Reception in the Solarium following the presentations.
Please RSVP for reception by Sept. 25th to

New this year: poster presentations by RSENR PhD students in Aiken 103 starting at noon. Presenters available from noon - 1:00pm.

Oral Presentation Agenda:
4:45pm Welcome by Dean Nancy E. Mathews in Aiken 103

5:00 pm Marcella Dent The Facilitative Role of Government and Science Communication in a Collaborative Conservation Network

5:15 pm Alison Adams Thirty Years of Forest Conversion in the NorthEast: Historical Patterns, Carbon Storage Impacts and Future Projections

5:30 pm Jessica Griffen Connecting Guests to the Landscape at Kripalu: Ecological Inventory, Interpretation and Education

5:45 pm Alexandra Millar The Functionality of Metaphor Use in Motivating Behavioral Responses

6:00 pm Nathan Fry The Ala Archa Ecological Leadership Project: Evaluating the Efficacy of Outdoor Education in Operationalizing Ecology and Conservation in the Kyrgyz Republic

6:15 pm Break

6:30 pm Carrie Kozel Can Early Feeding in Lake Trout Fry Ameliorate Thiamine Deficiency?

6:45 pm Hana Aronowitz Investigating Cryptic Speciation among Allopatric Populations of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Adelges tsugae (Hemiptera: Adelgidae)

7:00 pm Choki Gyeltshen Fire Risks in Bhutan's Blue Pine Forests: Anticipating and Adapting to Climate Change

7:15 pm Aviva Gottesman Regeneration Responses to Management for Old-Growth Characteristics in Northern Hardwood-Conifer Forests

7:30 pm Sam Talbot Wildlife Habitat Linkages Surrounding Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain

Saturday October 10, 2015
Vermont Tree Stewards Conference

Downtown Bristol

Register now for the fourth annual Vermont Tree Stewards Conference. The theme this year is Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities; our speakers will explore how trees benefit Vermont communities and ways to ensure their health now and into the future. The conference is FREE for students. Speakers include:

Andy Hillman, Senior Consulting Urban Forester with the Davey Resource Group, a Division of the Davey Tree Expert Company (Keynote)
VJ Comai, Arborist Representative with the Bartlett Tree Expert Company and President of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association
Patrick Olstad, Landscape Architect with LandWorks in Middlebury
Lee Krohn, Senior Planner with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

The conference is open to anyone interested and engaged in the stewardship and management of Vermont's community trees; citizens, municipal employees, professionals, and students are encouraged to attend. Full agenda available on the conference webpage:

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