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Hubert Vogelmann Honorary Degree Recipient

Honorary Degree Recipient

Doctor of Science

Hubert “Hub” Vogelmann has made a profound impact on the people and landscapes of Vermont. Professor emeritus of botany, Vogelmann’s career at the University began as an instructor in 1955. His decades of scientific study and public service have been a marriage to protect nature’s handiwork and to build rich human communities.

During 36 years as a member of the UVM faculty, Vogelmann’s achievements were numerous. Renowned for his pioneering research on acid rain, he started a tree survey on Camel’s Hump in 1965. By the early 1980s, he was powerfully drawing lines between air pollution and declining forest health. Never a cloistered academic, he has strongly advocated for science in the public interest and worked diligently to bring accurate, useful information to the media and elected officials.

Dr. Vogelmann marvels at plants, from towering white pines to bizarre carnivorous bladderworts. His sense of excitement and rigorous methods guided generations of students to follow their own sense of wonder and to pursue careers in science. From the summit of Camel’s Hump to the bottom of Shelburne Pond, he sought to understand the intricate ecology of plants and convey their importance to the world. He established UVM’s internationally regarded graduate-level Field Naturalist Program, chaired the botany department for more than 20 years, and selflessly promoted the accomplishments of his colleagues.

Vogelmann was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, and graduated from Heidelberg College, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his master’s and doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Michigan in 1955. He and his late wife, Marie, raised three sons at their home in Jericho, including Thomas who has followed his father’s path and now serves as chair of UVM’s botany department.

As a conservation activist, Vogelmann helped identify and protect many of the state’s rare natural places and botanical treasures, from the Northeast Kingdom’s Victory Bog to unusual tree stands in the Green Mountains. As part of this commitment, Vogelmann has served on numerous environmental boards, including the Conservation Fund, Shelburne Farms, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Audubon Society, and others. He was a founder of the Vermont chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a force behind the creation of Vermont’s Act 250, a landmark development and land use law.

Vogelmann’s principled leadership has helped establish Vermont as an exemplar in balancing land conservation and responsible development.

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