Rick Paradis, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Environmental Program
Director, Natural Areas Center, University of Vernont
See also webpage for the UVM Natural Areas
University of Vermont
153 S. Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Tel: (802) 656-4055
Fax: (802) 656-8015
For an appointment with Rick, please call Sue Bean at our front desk, 802-656-4055.
She keeps the schedule book for all advisors at Bittersweet.
Ph.D. 2008, Union Institute and University (Environmental Studies)
M.S. 1985, University of Vermont, Burlington (Natural Resources Planning)
B.S. 1978, University of New Hampshire, Durham (Environmental Conservation)
Landscape ecology, natural history and assessment. Conservation biology and restoration of alpine, montane, peatland and arid ecosystems. Natural areas conservation and stewardship. Design and implementation of conservation reserve systems. Land conservation best management practices. Adaptive management, monitoring, and planning strategies for biological diversity and habitat conservation. Visitor use management in sensitive ecosystems. Undergraduate and graduate education and professional development in land conservation. Low-impact field research methods. National and international comparative land conservation and stewardship models.
ENVS 295 Comparative Mountain Systems Ecology and Conservation: New England and the Highlands of Scotland
ENVS 174 Natural Areas Conservation and Stewardship
ENVS 177 Introduction to Landscape Restoration
ENVS 173 Landscape Natural History
ENVS 151 Intermediate Environmental Studies
ENVS 201 Research Methods
ENVS 195 Field Methods in Environmental Research
ENVS 195 Resource Conservation in Northern European Ecosystems: The Mountains and Minerals of Scotland
ENVS 195 Selecting and Designing Land Conservation Projects
ENVS 195 Ecology and Field Science in Land Conservation
ENVS 195 Land Conservation: Strategies and Action.
ENVS 195 Identifying and Protecting Natural Areas through Local and Regional Land Use Planning
ENVS 195 Regional Natural History (Vermont, New England, American Southwest)
ENVS 195 Arid Lands Ecology and Resource Management
Standing Stone, Isle of Eigg, Scotland. Note: the standing stone is on the left.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND COMMITTEES:
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
Natural Areas Association
Society for Ecological Restoration International
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
Guy Waterman Alpine Stewardship Award
Marvin B. Sussman Award for Dissertation Excellence
National Endowment for the Humanities Aldo Leopold Fellowship
University of Vermont Service Learning Fellowship
Conservation Education Committee, SCB
Board of Directors, Waterman Fund
Chair of the Board, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT
Municipal Conservation Commission, Middlesex, VT
Mount Washington in search of the elusive Potentilla robbinsiana
It might be useful for me to provide some background as to who I am and what I do. I'm a bit of a fixture at the Environmental Program, having arrived here in 1985. My position can best be presented as having three equal halves: 1) I am responsible for the care and administration of the University's Natural Areas System. 2) I am the director of the Natural Areas Center at UVM. 3) I have a faculty appointment through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. These three elements dovetail nicely with one another as my professional interests revolve around the ecology, protection, management and restoration of natural areas and other conservation lands. If you had to affix a disciplinary label to me, conservation biologist or landscape ecologist would fit as well as any.
I distribute my time while at UVM in office, classroom and assorted field settings. A typical day (if there is such a thing) might begin with an early meeting with a group of campus administrators discussing the threats of a housing development to one of the University's natural areas, continue with teaching a class on environmental research methods to a group of Environmental Studies students, and end with a romp through a local bog accompanied by a state botanist keen on locating a number of listed endangered plants. Although my physical appearance and dress habits tend towards the informal (some would suggest grubby or retro-hippie), I'm able to fit in to most social settings with little trouble, training or grooming.
I have recently developed a professional affection for what I call comparative landscape studies. This has come about as a result of some research that has taken me from my hometown landscapes of northern New England to the Highlands of Scotland. These two mountain settings enjoy similar geographical and ecological characteristics but have been shaped by different political and social forces. Both regions have deep and troubling histories of land use and exploitation as well as noteworthy conservation initiatives and ongoing ambitious stewardship and restoration efforts. With a focus on the landscape histories and land conservation legacies of these distinct mountain ecosystems, my research attempts to elucidate the relationship between ecology and culture and how this relationship has influenced both historical and contemporary conservation and stewardship beliefs and practices
Other interests include hiking, kayaking, assorted winter sports on snow, gardening, music, and eating pies. My musical interests are rather eclectic, although if disco had never been discovered, I'd shed nary a tear. I did play rhythm guitar in a four piece rock combo while in high school and probably know most of the three-chord progression rock and roll tunes of the 1960's and 1970's. I don't have a favorite color and in my opinion warm furry cuddly things belong either in the woods or in the stew pot. I admit to having been arrested once while protesting nuclear power back in undergraduate school at the University of New Hampshire. Susan and I have been together since the late 1970's. We reside in Middlesex, Vermont surrounded by fields and forests and have one daughter, Emma Rose. As of this writing, I ride herd on a small group of Buff Orpingtons, a hardy breed of chicken that possesses an ironic sense of humor.
Last Update: August 2010
Last modified March 28 2012 01:38 PM