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



Tuesday January 27, 2015
Spring Seminar Series

Professor Stephen T. Higgins, Director, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health; Professor and Virginia H. Donaldson Chair in Translational Science, UVM Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology

Aiken Center 102

Professor Higgins' research uses the concepts and methods of behavioral economics and behavioral pharmacology to investigate tobacco, illicit drugs, and other health-related risk behaviors in vulnerable populations.
A warm welcome to Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux to the Rubenstein School. As many of you know, she just joined us through a secondary appointment and brings expertise as the state's Climatologist and as a professor in the Department of Geography. Lesley-Ann has served on numerous committees for graduate students in RSENR, collaborated with faculty, and is currently serving on the RSENR Extension Search Committee. We are thrilled to have her join the school!

Please attend her faculty presentation in Waterman Lounge, to recognize her promotion to full professorship. Her presentation is titled: "Climate, justice and vulnerability: Learning from Katrina, Irene and Sandy."
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)

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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 Jan 23, 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.

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