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Taylor Ricketts

Taylor Ricketts. Professor, Environment and Natural Resources; Director, Gund Institute.
I'm interested in connecting rigorous interdisciplinary research with real-world conservation problems, both in Vermont and worldwide. My recent focus has been the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. I work on understanding how ecosystems provide these benefits, what they are worth (and to whom), and how they might change in the future. Other interests include global patterns of biodiversity, conservation planning, ecological economics, and community and landscape ecology.

I went to college at Dartmouth (Earth Sciences) and got my PhD at Stanford (Biology). I remain a Senior Fellow at World Wildlife Fund, where I directed the Conservation Science Program for nine years before moving to UVM in 2011. In addition to my faculty post in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, I direct the Gund Institute at UVM.
Taylor's Bio and CV and papers

Post Docs

  • Ranaivo Andriarilala Rasolofoson

    Ranaivo Andriarilala Rasolofoson. Post-Doctoral Associate.
    I am interested in the impacts of nature conservation on environmental and social outcomes. I use diverse approaches such as rigorous causal inference methods and participatory research. Using these different methods, I have looked at the impacts of community forest management and strictly protected areas on deforestation and human well-being in Madagascar. I received a double PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics and in Forestry from the University of Copenhagen and Bangor University. I also have an MS from the University of Maryland and a BS from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. For my post-doc at the Gund Institute, I am estimating the impacts of environmental change and conservation interventions on human health worldwide. | Ranaivo's Bio

  • Leif Richardson

    Leif Richardson. Post-Doctoral Associate.
    I work on multispecies interactions centered on plants and their pollinators, especially bees. As a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture postdoctoral research fellow, I'll be examining how wild bee pollinators of commercial blueberry are affected by plant chemistry and how plants' interactions with mycorrhizal fungi affect bee health. Another research interest is using museum specimen data to study patterns of decline in North American and European bumble bee species.

  • Nitin Singh

    Nitin Singh. Post-Doctoral Associate.
    I am a catchment hydrologist, and my research aims to reveal physical and biological processes that drive ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical responses of catchments. With this aim in mind, I make use of measurements that include hydrometric, solutes and tracer datasets, and combine them with hydrological, geospatial and statistical modeling tools. My research interests include catchment hydrology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem services, land-atmospheric interactions and environmental education | Nitin's Bio

Graduate Students

  • Jesse Gourevitch

    Jesse Gourevitch. PhD Student.
    I am interested in how conservation strategies can equitably distribute ecosystem service benefits and improve human well-being. For my dissertation, I am investigating the role of Vermont’s natural ecosystems in mitigating the risk of flooding and prioritizing where protection and restoration of these areas is most needed. I received a B.A. in environmental studies with a focus in community ecology and geospatial analysis from Carleton College. | Jesse's Bio

  • Charlie Nicholson

    Charlie Nicholson. PhD Student.
    I am interested in the delivery of pollination services to Vermont's farms and food system. I aim to understand the crop production benefits provided by native pollinators, particularly native bees. The goal of my research is to demonstrate incentive for the conservation of pollinators and the land they rely on. I received a B.A. in Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from Skidmore College. | Charlie's Bio

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz. PhD Student.
    I am interested in the intersection of ecological economics and human well-being. As a graduate student at UVM, my research will focus on applying novel techniques from data science to uncover connections between the management of natural resources, human behavior, and environmental health. I have a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College. | Aaron's Bio


Samantha Alger. PhD. Biology, UVM

Hilary Byerly. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM

Michelle Brown. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM

Melanie Kazenel. PhD. Biology, UVM

Pierro Mokondoko. PhD. Insituto de Ecologia, Vera Cruz, Mexico

Kathryn Wrigley PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associates

Insu Koh. 2017. LinkedIn

Laura Sonter. 2017. LinkedIn

Diego Herrera Garcia. 2016. LinkedIn

Alicia Ellis. 2014. LinkedIn

PhD Students

Keri Watson. 2017. LinkedIn

Steve Posner. 2015. LinkedIn


Sam Carlson. 2015. LinkedIn

Sebastian Castro. 2014. LinkedIn

Joan White. 2014. LinkedIn

Research Assistants

Anna Clayton. 2017.

Alex Frayer. 2017.

Cassidy Motahari. 2017.

Jen Hayes. 2015, 2016.

Liana Vitousek. 2015, 2016.

Anna Beauchemin. 2013. LinkedIn

Ashlin Treadway. 2015.

Rose Watts. 2015.

Erin Cain. 2013.

Paige Carncross. 2014.

Melissa Moldovan. 2014.

Katie Burns. 2013.

Elizabeth Gribkoff. 2013.

Kristian Moore. 2013.

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