University of Vermont

  • environmental leaders

    "I learned a lot while I was in Alaska—everything from identifying tundra vegetation to what to do if a bear attacks." — Genna Waldvogel

    Genna WaldvogelEnvironmental sciences major, intern at Alaska field station, conductor of research project on seasons and streams. More about Genna >>

  • environmental leaders

    "I felt a strong sense of community in RSENR." — Kelsey Head

    Kelsey Head Environmental studies major, student educator with the UVM Watershed Alliance, creator of environmental curriculum for young people, intern, volunteer coordinator. More about Kelsey >>

  • environmental leaders

    "I directly contributed to the outcome of the project." — Joshua Carrera

    Joshua Carrera Natural resources major, social activist, co-creator of online course, participant in travel study to Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador and beyond, delegate. More about Joshua >>

  • environmental leaders

    " I was looking to learn and broaden my experience in the wildlife biology and education fields." — Flavio Sutti, Ph.D. student

    Flavio SuttiPh.D. candidate in natural resources, Consultant biologist in Italy, master in wildlife biology, researching landscape context as a framework for agricultural systems. More about Flavio >>

  • environmental leaders

    "It wasn't until my sophomore year that I learned about GIS. I thought to myself, '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 >>

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...

Academic Programs

 Undergraduate Majors
 Undergraduate Minors
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Wildlife Biology
 Graduate Degrees, Concentrations & Certificates



Thursday January 29, 2015
LAFAYETTE 100 – Deborah Jones (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan)

The Soil Stealers: Land, Loss, and Iconicity in Ukraine

In Ukraine, rumors abound about soil stealing, the illegal extraction and sale of chernozem, the highly fertile black earth that is said to be the country’s most valuable resource. Such narratives, the most persistent of which can be traced to World War II, point to anxieties about foreign occupation, domestic corruption, and post-Soviet Ukraine’s failure to ‘transition’ to a self-sustaining export economy. This paper probes these anxieties by considering how soil, another ‘black gold,’ came to be so compelling to both to my Ukrainian informants, as well as international agribusinesses, in the first place. Drawing on Peircean semiotics, I explore the relationship between qualia, such as blackness, and icons, particularly diagrams like soil maps, and how both mediate relationships to and valuation of the soil.

Contact Parker VanValkenburgh ( or J. Dickinson ( with any additional questions.
Friday January 30, 2015
Noon to 1 p.m. + Gund Tea: Asim Zia
Broad but Shallow: Evolving International Climate Policy Architecture for the Paris Treaty

Gund Institute Conference Room (Johnson House - 617 Main Street)
An Evening with the Authors - Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic

UVM Professor Asim Zia, UVM Lecturer Kathleen Osgood, and UVM alumna Rebecca Pincus will discuss their recent publication from Yale University Press.

“Multifaceted and comprehensive, this volume looks at the array of issues from many perspectives…a serious and scholarly contribution to the rapidly changing polar regions.”
–Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University
Friday February 6, 2015
Gund Institute Conference Room (Johnson House - 617 Main St).

Policies on Multiple Forest Ecosystem Services and Community Well-being: A case study in the Ukraine Carparthians

More Events > >

RSENR on the Move

Open Faculty Positions

The Rubenstein School is searching for 6 faculty positions, with an overall goal to enhance research, teaching, and service with a focus on sustainability in the context of global and domestic environmental equity:

  • 3 Tenure-Track Positions (rank open) in Sustainability Studies and Global Environmental Equity, including Director of the Environmental Program (Closes 4:30pm EST Feb 2, 2015) (PDF)
  • Extension Assistant Professor in Watershed Science, Policy and Education (CLOSED)
  • Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in and Co-Director of the MS Concentration in Leadership for Sustainability (review of applications begins Feb 2, 2015) (PDF)
  • Assistant Professor in Ecological Design of Sustainable Systems (review of applications begins Feb 2, 2015) (PDF)

UVM is located in Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, with an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population. The mission of RSENR is to understand, nurture, and enrich the interdependence of people with healthy ecological systems.

Follow us on…

  • Facebook
  • YuTube