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

    "I care deeply about forests, and I have come to care passionately about working with horses in the woods." — Ethan Tapper

    Ethan TapperForestry major, horse logging intern studying forest management and impact of horses working in the woods. More about Ethan >>

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



Monday October 27, 2014
Making the Alternatives - Walking, Biking, and Public Transit - the Norm

Hills 122

Speaker: Caroline Sampanaro, Senior Director, Campaigns & Organizing, Transportation Alternatives, NYC

Caroline Samponaro is the Director of Campaigns & Organizing at Transportation Alternatives, an 8,000-member pro-bicycling non-profit founded in 1973. Caroline is one of the nation’s foremost advocates for cycling and has spearheaded New York City’s rapid transformation into a bicycle-friendly city. She has directed campaigns that address all areas of bicycling, from developing new neighborhood bike lane networks, to educating cyclists about their responsibilities on the road, to leading national roundtables of experts on public bike share systems. Caroline is frequently quoted in the New York Times, Bicycling Magazine and New York Magazine, and she is a sought-out speaker on urban bicycling culture, the growth of cycling among women, and the history of bicycling in America.

Caroline holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University.

Transportation Alternatives Website

For more info, please contact Daniel Smith directly,

Full seminar series schedule
Wednesday October 29, 2014
Detection Tools and an Analytic Framework For Large Automated Acoustic Monitoring Programs

By Jonathan Katz

Seminar: 1:00PM, Aiken 311
Defense: 2:00PM, Aiken 311

Therese Donovan, USGS VTCFWRU Assistant Unit Leader, RSENR, Advisor
Ruth Mickey, Professor, CEMS, Chair
Allan Strong, Assistant Dean, RSENR
Brian Mitchell, Assistant Professor (Adjunct), RSENR

Climate change will likely affect site occupancy patterns for species in different ways: abundance, range area, and phenophase cycles (e.g., arrival dates on breeding grounds) are some factors for which careful monitoring may provide clues about a species’ ability to adapt to future changes. Detecting changes in these demographic and behavioral patterns will require monitoring many sites for many years, a process that is well suited for an automated system. We developed and tested monitoR, an R package that is designed for long-term, multi-taxa automated passive acoustic monitoring programs.

I demonstrate that detections from monitoR can provide reliable counts of individual song events by comparing the results from monitoR to a “silver” standard. I observed true positive rates greater than 0.60 and false positive rates less than 0.03 for two species of northeastern warblers.

Next I describe a method to identify the probability of accurate detection in a template-based automated detection system using historic error rates for each template. To avoid overestimating detection rates when multiple detections occur in a single survey, the observed error rates were compounded using a correlated binomial distribution. I observed variations in probability of as much as 5% between high and low levels of song correlation.

Last, I tested the accuracy of parameters estimated by an occupancy model with automatically detected presence data. When automated detection of black-throated green warbler was mixed with human detection in 4 recorded surveys at 60 sites, the false positive multiple method occupancy model closely paralleled our own estimates.
Thursday October 30, 2014
Vermont Connection & Conservation

Vermont State Parks: Craig Whipple, Director

What: UVM faculty and staff quick talks and invited Vermont presentations
Where: Aiken Center, Room 103
When: Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm, with discussion and refreshments

For more information, please contact:Sarah Pears ( or Bess Perry (

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