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Plant Biology Staff

Administrative Staff

              

Research and Teaching Staff

Sarah Goodrich   Mark Isselhardt Brian Stowe
Lillian "Porky" Reade   Michelle McGee    Tim Wilmot
Karyn McGovern      

Administrative Staff

Sarah Goodrich
Communications Coordinator
111C Jeffords Hall
802-656-2981
Sarah.Goodrich@uvm.edu

Sarah joined the Plant Biology Department in January 2005. She's the department web master, and she also writes the department newsletter and provides various other editorial and administrative support to the faculty. Before beginning her position at UVM, Sarah worked in textbook and encyclopedia publishing. She has a B.A. in English from the University at Albany, and she's working toward an M.S. in Natural Resources here at UVM.

Karyn McGovern
Finance Coordinator
111B Jeffords Hall
802-656-0421
Karyn.McGovern@uvm.edu

Karyn provides accounting and human resources support to faculty and grad students in the Plant Biology Department. Born and raised on Long Island, Karyn is a country girl at heart. After graduating from Ithaca College, she moved to Vermont and worked in the resort industry for ten years, got married, started a family, and took a brief detour to western Maryland where she and her husband operated a home-based bread bakery. Realizing how much they loved and missed Vermont, they moved back and settled in North Ferrisburgh with their two kids and many German shepherds. Karyn loves to read and homestead, and is an unrelenting fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL).

Lillian "Porky" Reade
Student Services
111 Jeffords Hall
802-656-0461
Lillian.Reade@uvm.edu

Porky has been working at UVM since 1980, and she's been here in the Plant Biology Department since 1990. She is the first person you see when you come to the Plant Biology office, and she can answer almost any question you may have. She spends most of her time assisting students with everything from the application process to choosing classes to graduation requirements. While it's an unusual nickname, she really does prefer to be called Porky, so don't be shy!

Research and Teaching Staff

Mark Isselhardt
Research Associate
Proctor Maple Research Center
802-899-9926
Mark.Isselhardt@uvm.edu

Mark Isselhardt

My research interests include the dynamics of nonstructural carbohydrate in sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.), how modern production methods impact flavor and chemistry of maple syrup improving the efficiency of sap collection equipment. As a research associate at the Proctor Maple Research Center my duties include the design and execution of experiments related to the practice of maple syrup production. I am also involved with experiments related to white birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.) syrup production.

I have published articles and technical pamphlets related to my work, presented to professional maple groups in the US and Canada and fielded sugaring related questions from preschoolers on up.

I work closely with Drs. Tim Perkins and. Abby van den Berg on experiments related to the long term sustainability of syrup production, maintaining high yields of sap collection and how modern processing technology impacts the quality of pure maple syrup.

Selected Publications

Isselhardt, M.L., van den Berg, A.K., and Perkins, T.D. Chemical Composition of Scale in Maple Syrup Evaporators, Maple Syrup Digest, December 2012 (pp. 23-28).

Isselhardt, M.L., Carbohydrate reserves and growth response in Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) under two levels of spring xylem sap extraction. October, 2012. M.S. Thesis, University of Vermont, Burlington Vermont.

van den Berg A.K., Perkins, T., Isselhardt, M.L., Godshall, M.A. and Lloyd, S.W. 2011. Effects of producing maple syrup from concentrated and reconstituted sap of different sugar concentrations. Int. Sugar J. 113: 35 44.

Isselhardt, M.L. 2011. Estimating Twig Starch Content in Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.): Evaluation of the Visual Technique. Maple Syrup Digest (pp. 13-17).

Michelle McGee
BioCore 102 & 103 Coordinator
118 Marsh Life Science
802-656-2810
Michelle.McGee@uvm.edu

Michelle McGee

Michelle is a key member of UVM's Integrated Biological Science Curriculum. She keeps busy with the behind the scenes operation of the two upper level BCOR lab courses: Ecology and Evolution (BCOR 102) and Molecular and Cell Biology (BCOR 103). Between organizing field excursions and troubleshooting fluorescent microscopes, she stays busy managing many of the financial and administrative aspects of the BCOR curriculum.

Brian Stowe
Woodlands & Sugaring Operations Manager
Proctor Maple Research Center
802-899-9926
Brian.Stowe@uvm.edu

Brian Stowe

My position emphasizes sugarbush management, maple tubing layout, upgrades, repairs, and the annual production of maple syrup. I am also involved in designing, building, and maintaining various studies centered around maple sap collection and maple syrup production techniques and assisting in many of the studies on forest growth, health, and nutrition.

Tim Wilmot
Extension Maple Specialist
Proctor Maple Research Center
802-899-9926
Timothy.Wilmot@uvm.edu

Tim Wilmot

My position with UVM Extension combines research with outreach and education. One of my principal research interests is the sap flow mechanism in sugar maple, and the interactions among temperature, sap pressure, and sap flow rate. A second research interest is forest nutrition and relationships among soil and foliar chemistry, tree growth and vigor, and sap sugar production in maple stands. My work also includes writing and talking about maple research, both my own and that of my colleagues at the Proctor Maple Research Center, as well as reporting on successful methods, innovations, and discoveries by other sugarmakers.

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