Taylor Ricketts. Professor, Environment and Natural Resources; Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.
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 for Ecological Economics at UVM.
Alicia Ellis. Post-Doctoral Associate.
My research explores the dynamic interplay between ecosystems and human health. I am particularly interested in how ecosystem change influences disease, nutrition, and well-being. Despite a love of the outdoors, I tend to use models and existing data to explore these issues.
Insu Koh. Post-Doctoral Associate.
I'm broadly interested in how landscape structure and composition influence biodiversity, organism dispersal and ecosystem services. This interest began when I considered the role of traditional Korean landscape configuration in mitigating environmental condition. After that, my interests moved towards how landscape connectivity influences organism dispersal as related to ecosystem services such as seed dispersal, biological pest control, and pollination. Currently, I'm focusing on modeling crop pollination services provided by bees across agricultural landscapes within the US. To conduct this research, I mainly use ArcGIS and R.
Keri Bryan. PhD Student.
I am interested in how development can be balanced with the conservation of ecosystem services and biodiversity. As a graduate student at UVM, my research will focus on quantifying and mapping ecosystem services across the state of Vermont. I have a B.S. in Environmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity, from the University of the South.
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.
Steve Posner. PhD Student.
I work at the science-policy interface of sustainable development. As a sustainability fellow and doctoral student at UVM, my research and teaching interests include ecosystem services, systems thinking, and organizational learning. I've earned a B.S. in astronomy and physics, an M.S. in natural resources, and a certificate in ecological economics.
Michelle Brown. PhD. Rubenstein School, UVM
Sam Carlson. MS. Rubenstein School, UVM
Sebastian Castro. PhD. Plant & Soil Science, UVM
Pierro Mokondoko. PhD. Insituto de Ecologia, Vera Cruz, Mexico
Joan White. MS. Rubenstein School, UVM
Anna Beauchemin. Research Assistant.
I am interested in bee diversity and conservation, in both forest and agricultural systems.
Erin Cain. Undergraduate Intern.
Isis Erb. Assistant to the Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.
Elizabeth Gribkoff. Field Assistant.
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