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Biography of Kate Fournier

UVM Major: MS, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources

Kate FournierKate Fournier of Pembroke, Maine has been named a 2010 Fellow in the James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research at the University of Vermont.

Kate Fournier is a Master’s candidate in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. She is a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a BS in Wildlife Ecology and minor in Zoology. Over the past nine years, Kate Fournier has held numerous positions that include being an environmental consultant for three years in Tucson, Arizona, a high school science teacher, and various field biologist and researcher positions in California and Arizona. 

Project Description

Kate Fournier’s research project associated with the Jeffords Center is two-fold. First, she is the Associate Director of the Vermont Legislative Research Service (VLRS). As Associate Director, Kate works alongside Anthony Gierzynski, Director of VLRS, in coordinating research teams of undergraduate students and writing non-partisan reports on current policy issues for Vermont Legislators. These policy reports satisfy all of the Jeffords signature themes.

Her second role involves her own academic research within the Rubenstein School. Under the advisory of Professor Curt Ventriss, she is focusing on the Environment, Society, and Public Affairs and researching the factors that lead to the delisting of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl in an effort to learn more about the delisting process of the Endangered Species Act. This research aligns with the environment, government, and education signature themes of the Jeffords Center.

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