University of Vermont

  • environmental leaders

    "I wanted to learn as much as I could about how forest ecosystems work and find a job where I could be outside and do something meaningful."— Eric Donnelly

    Eric DonnellyForestry major, senior research project at UVM research forest, forestry technician protecting society's forest-based natural resources long-term. More about Eric >>

  • 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 knew I could get the environmental science and policy education I was looking for, and I would be surrounded by individuals who shared many of the same passions as me."— 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

    "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 >>

  • environmental leaders

    "I learned that science does not only need to take place in a lab, but it 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 >>

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 March 5, 2015
Monday March 9, 2015
An Ecological Assessment of Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert, Vermont

By Kat Deely

Seminar: 11:30AM, University Heights South, Rm 133
Defense: 12:30 PM, University Heights South, Rm 133

Note: (usually an hour for each)

Dr. Deane Wang, Program Director: Ecological Planning, RSENR, Advisor
Liz Thompson, Director of Conservation Science, Vermont Land Trust, Advisor
Dr. Cathy Paris, Senior Lecturer, Plant Biology, Chair
Dr. Allan Strong, Assistant Dean, RSENR

Merck Forest & Farmland Center is a 3190-acre property in Rupert, VT. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of sustainable land management and farming practices. The Board of Trustees of Merck Forest is considering placing a conservation easement on the property through the Vermont Land Trust. In order to inform the easement recommendations a site assessment is necessary. During the summer of 2014, I mapped the natural communities to discover any ecologically sensitive areas on the property. Following the guidelines set by the Vermont Natural Heritage Program, I determined the element occurrence of rarity for each natural community and provided recommendations on management for the property. Using the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ bird monitoring plot data I estimated the value of Merck Forest for habitat availability and diversity. Using the criteria of habitat connectivity, landscape complexity, and resiliency, I assessed the current and potential ecological value of this parcel in a regional context. I recommend a conservation strategy that follows a nested approach of preservation or ‘no-touch’ management areas within a larger matrix of conserved, actively managed land.
Morgan Tingley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Ecology and Evolution Biology

“How should climate change affect land conservation strategies?

in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

Refreshments will be served starting at 11:35 a.m. in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.
Tuesday March 10, 2015
4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. + RSENR Seminar: Paul Ferraro
Applying behavioral economics to improve environmental policy: knowns and unknowns
Paul Ferraro
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University

Aiken 102

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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 (CLOSED)
  • 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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