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
- Environmental Sciences
- Environmental Studies
- Natural Resources
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism
- Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
- Environmental Studies
- Geospatial Technologies
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism
- Wildlife Biology
Graduate Degrees, Concentrations & Certificates
- Ph.D. in Natural Resources
- M.S. in Natural Resources
- Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science
- Environment, Society and Public Affairs
- Environmental Thought and Culture
- Forest and Wildlife Sciences
- Leadership for Sustainability (low-residency)
- Dual Degree with Vermont Law School
- Ecological Planning Curriculum
- Certificate in Ecological Economics
Optional M.S. concentrations:
Other M.S. options:
04-30-2015 Shelburne Pond Environmental Buoy Launched!
By Michelle L. Brown
Seminar: 1:30pm, Aiken 311
Defense: 2:30pm, Aiken 311
Dr. Therese Donovan, Associate Research Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Dr. Ruth Mickey, Professor, CEMS, Chair
Dr. William Keeton, Professor, RSENR
Dr. Taylor Ricketts, Professor, RSENR
Federal and state governments in the Northeast U.S. are actively engaged in assessing the potential role of forest biomass in meeting renewable energy goals. While current rates of timber harvest are generally sustainable, there is considerable pressure to increase the contribution of forest biomass for renewable energy. Maximizing the biomass energy supply could compromise other uses and values of forests, including a wide range of ecosystem services and the conservation of native species. What has been missing from this debate is a regional assessment of these tradeoffs through time. The goals of this study are to critically evaluate the capacity of the Northern Forest to contribute to the energy needs of the region through forest biomass harvest and to evaluate the tradeoffs between carbon storage, biodiversity levels, energy needs met, and timber production. To evaluate these tradeoffs, we will first use a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) framework to compare the results of several harvest scenarios. Second, we will compare monetized values of private return to landowners against the social benefits of carbon storage, energy production, and biodiversity across harvest scenarios. The results will provide stakeholders with regional assessments of the benefits and impacts of biomass energy production to meet state and regional renewable energy portfolios on a landscape level that to date have been largely unavailable.
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Native Bees and Working Landscapes: The Influence of Agriculture on Pollination
By Charlie C. Nicholson
Seminar: (10:00, Aiken 311)
Defense: (11:00, Aiken 311)
Taylor Ricketts, Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Alison Brody, Professor, RSENR, Chair
Jennifer Pontius, Research Assistant Professor, Biology
Nicholas Gotelli, Professor, Biology
The increase in global food production has come at the cost of biodiversity loss and impaired ecosystem services. Managing agricultural expansion and intensification holds promise as means to decrease impact on the natural systems on which human wellbeing ultimately depends. Pollination is a critical ecosystem service for crop production that can be improved by conserving mobile organisms, including but not limited to bees. Pollination management requires a landscape perspective, yet to-date conservation efforts have been limited by a lack of information about the local and landscape factors that most directly influence the activity and biodiversity of pollinator communities. To address this information gap I will identify the spatial scale and landscape attributes most relevant to pollinator conservation. Farm-level decisions are important as well; building on current models, I will improve our ability to predict pollinator response to land management scenarios. Moreover, I propose to expand our understanding of the benefits of pollinators in agricultural landscapes by testing whether there are effects on adjacent native plant reproductive success. Finally, I will examine the differential response of pollinator communities to ordered and random extinctions in order to demonstrate the potential stabilizing effect of biodiversity for ecosystem services. The results will provide land managers with explicit information about the effects of landscape conservation for pollinators, as well as the forgone benefits that result from biodiversity loss.
Location: University Green (Indoor viewing of the [outdoor] University Commencement Main Ceremony will be available on large screen display in Waterman Memorial Lounge.)
Ceremony Start Time: 8:20 am (includes procession)
Ceremony End Time: 11:00 am
Tickets: Tickets are not necessary if the ceremony is held outdoors. In the event of severe weather, tickets will be required to attend the Main Ceremony at its indoor venue. For details, please visit the Commencement Tickets web page.
New Low-residency M.S. Offering!
The Rubenstein School is searching for several 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: