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Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Vermont
81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405
Matt teaches courses on power and privilege, problem-solving, reading the landscape, wildlife tracking, and educational design.
Matt's research explores diverse and innovative approaches to designing learning environments that support a sustainable future, and investigates practices for convening and facilitating challenging conversations about power, privilege, diversity, and inclusion.
Matt also works as an educational and ecological consultant for a variety of organizations. He serves on the faculty for the Center for Whole Communities and works for Shelburne Farms and the PLACE (Place-based Analysis and Community Engagement) Program creating a forum for communities to rediscover and tell the stories of their town from deep time to present.
Ph.D. Environment & Natural Resources (with an emphasis on education and sustainability), University of Vermont, 2010
M.S. Botany (Field Naturalist Program), University of Vermont, 2005
B.S. Neuroscience, College of William & Mary, 1999
Ecological approaches to educational design, whole systems thinking, power and privilege, shared leadership, nature-connection, natural history, and wildlife tracking
Kolan, M., and W. Poleman. 2009. Revitalizing natural history education by design. Journal of Natural History Education 3:30-40. Available on-line: http://www.jnhe.org/Articles/Kolan%20and%20Poleman.v3.30-40.pdf