University of Vermont

Forest Carbon and Communities

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Our research team is made up of graduate and undergraduate researchers from the University of Vermont, all under the guidance of Dr. Cecilia Danks.  While the scope of our collective research projects is diverse, our goal of fostering a better understanding of the relationship between climate change, forests, and communities maintains a sense of cohesiveness in the group.  Each member of the group has contributed to one or more projects represented on this website. The team meets regularly to share current information and resources, and to talk about the issues surrounding our research.  Additionally, members of our research team have participated in field work across Vermont to advance our understanding and skills around carbon sequestration in trees.  

Cecilia Danks
Cecilia Danks, Ph. D
Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator and Program Supervisor
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
cdanks@uvm.edu

Cecilia received her Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley and her work and interests lie in community forestry,  community-based resource management, and sustainability in forest carbon markets.  To visit her faculty webpage, please click here.



Rachael Beddoe
Rachael Beddoe
Research Analyst
The University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
rbeddoe@uvm.edu

Rachael completed her her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Rachael's graduate research focused on opportunities and barriers for small-scale landowner participation in carbon emissions offset markets. She is currently researching state programs to assist private landowners to manage their forestland for carbon or to participate in offset markets. She is interested in alternative means of finance to promote quality of life and sustainability.


Ken BrownKen Brown
Research Technician
The University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
krbrown@uvm.edu

Ken grew up in Vermont and recieved a BA in geosciences and environmental studies from Williams College, and a M.S. in Natural Resources from UVM.. Before coming to UVM he worked with state parks and youth conservation corps in MA, NH, AZ, and VT. He is interested in the management of publicly used forest land, and studied the implications of involvement in forest carbon offset markets for land trusts and conservation easements.




Kim Coleman
Affiliated ResearcherKim DePasquale
Virginia Tech
Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Kim Coleman completed her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, and is now a PhD student at Virginia Tech. Kim grew up in Massachusetts and received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont.  After graduating, she spent two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member coordinating community-based learning in the Rubenstein School at UVM.  In addition to working on the Wood Biomass Energy Symposium for the Northern Forest, she continued to support community-based learning as a full time staff member in the Rubenstein School before returning as a masters student.  In her free time, Kim enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, throwing clay on the wheel, gardening, backpacking, and cooking dinner for friends.  


Members Emeriti


Sarah Crow
Director of Certification
American Forest Foundation
sarahmariecrow@gmail.com
scrow@forestfoundation.org
Sarah Crow
Originally from Minnesota, Sarah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry at the University of Montana and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She served as a Fulbright Research Fellow to Ukraine and has been very fortunate to work with an array of organizations and partners at the local, state, national and international level and in the conservation, corporate and government sectors. She is currently Director of Certification at the American Forest Foundation where she leads certification programming for the American Tree Farm System nationally. She has a passion for all things culinary including gastronomic histories, cooking, gardening, food preservation and, of course, eating.




Amanda Egan
Amanda Egan

The University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Amanda.Egan@uvm.edu

Amanda Egan completed her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Amanda's research focused on forest-based carbon offset projects in the Carpathian Mountains. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Russian Studies from Colgate University. Previously, she worked for a foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC and for an international non-profit in Denver, Colorado.



David KuhnDavid Kuhn

Researcher
World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC
dck1671@verizon.net

David Kuhn completed his M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. David was raised in Hershey, PA.  He earned his BS in Psychology from Penn State  University before working for the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as an Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Extentionist for over 2 years.  During his time with the Peace Corps, he worked on strengthening community forestry in a small rural town by implementing reforestation projects, watershed management projects, education, etc.  He  has also done work on Koonamore Nature Reserve in Australia and at privately owned nature  park in Pennsylvania.  He enjoys spending time with his family, being active outdoors, and playing with his dog.


Jean Lee
The University of Vermont
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
jeantlee@gmail.com
Jean Lee
Jean Lee completed her PhD at the University of Vermont. Jean's research focuses on the role of payments for ecosystems services (biodiversity, carbon, etc) in the livelihoods of local farmers in East Africa, and her interests lie in incentives for smallholder farmers as well as ecological and social benefits of forestry programs. She worked with Dr. Lini Wollenberg on the CCAFS project (http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org/) through the Gund Institute. Before starting at UVM, she worked for the US Forest Service and managed the National Visitor Use Monitoring Survey for the Colville National Forest.  She received her Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and her undergraduate degree in environmental biology from Columbia University. 


Grahm Leitner
Forester, arborist
Mad River Forestry
trees@madriverforestry.com

Grahm is a 10 year veteran tree climber and ISA-Certified Arborist, he holds a masters degree in Environmental Law and Policy, and a masters in Natural Resources-Forestry from the University of Vermont. Grahm grew up on a small hobby farm in central Wisconsin.  Having earned Bachelor’s degrees in Conservation Biology and Geography from the University of Wisconsin, and having worked as an Urban Forestry professional for eight years, Grahm joined the Rubenstein School as a master’s student in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy.  By focusing on sustainable forest management activities within local communities, Grahm intends to help communities manage their natural resources for greater long-term yield and benefit.  Grahm is also an avid outdoorsman and loves spending his free time hiking, hunting, camping, and observing the landscape.



Elise Schadler Elise Schadler

Project Coordinator, Urban and Community Forestry
The University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Elise.Schadler@uvm.edu

Elise Schadler completed her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Elise grew up in Ohio and received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Indiana.  From there, she spent a year as an Americorps National Civilian Community Corps Member followed by three years as the director of an urban community-based tree planting program in Camden, NJ.  She is currently a Community Outreach Specialist with the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program and UVM Extension.  She loves trees, urban & social ecology, running, swimming, dancing, gardening, traveling, reading, and her phenomenal dog Luna.



Meghan ThompsonMeghan Thompson

The University of Vermont


Meghan completed her bachelor's in civil engineering with a focus on environmental studies at the University of Vermont. She also loves to read, hike, and bake.  






Jennifer Wright
Jennifer Wright
The University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
jwright9@uvm.edu

Jennifer Wright completed her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Jennifer graduated from Laval University, Quebec City, in forest management. She began her professional career working as a forester for a small private consulting firm outside Montreal, Quebec.  In 2001, she decided to take advantage of her dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship and relocate to Oregon as a state forestry employee. She has always enjoyed working with non-industrial forest landowners and she hopes to contribute to the development of new tools and/or improve policies to assist landowners in maintaining their forest, a healthy and productive one.





Hands-On Forest Carbon Assessment Experience for our Research Team

Our research group has visited Little Hogback Community Forest in Monkton, Vermont and the Victory State Forest in Essex County, Vermont to acquire first-hand experience in measuring carbon in a forest setting.  By taking fixed-plot and prism measurements on standing biomass and then subsequently running the data through Forest Service software, we garnered a better understanding of the process of quantifying forest carbon.  Additionally, by meeting with forest managers, community stakeholders, and professionals in the field we have considered the ways in which various parties can and have been affected by decisions around forest use and carbon market participation.    

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