University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Stephanie E. Hurley


Stephanie E. Hurley, DDes (Doctor of Design) Assistant Professor

  • 2009 DDes (Doctor of Design), Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • 2004 Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle WA
  • 1999 B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Landscape Design & Planning; Ecological Design; Green Stormwater Infrastructure; Land Use and Watershed Management; Urban Ecology; Landscape Visualization

My research and teaching span disciplines within the fields of landscape architecture, ecological design, restoration, and planning. I take a holistic approach to landscape design, recognizing the inherent diversity of landscapes and practicing the art of place-making, while aiming to facilitate healthy and sustainable societal and ecological interactions through design. I teach landscape and ecological design courses that highlight principles, practices, and precedents encouraging students to design projects that benefit both humans and natural systems. My work ranges from the site scale to the community scale, including design of streets, parks, and other public places, as well as private properties. My current water-related research includes stormwater treatment design and monitoring of sites in urban, suburban, and agricultural settings; a survey of perceptions and adoption of green stormwater infrastructure by Vermont households; and an evaluation of nutrient leaching from compost exposed to increasing saturated durations. Built projects include the UVM Bioretention Laboratory (see project link below), Village Square Raingarden in Waitsfield, VT; and both silage leachate treatment and stormwater treatment systems at the UVM Miller Research Farm. I also direct a landscape design computer lab within Plant and Soil Science where our research focus is the creation and evaluation of a series of photosimulations (landscape visualizations) of climate change best management practices for agricultural landscapes in the Northeastern U.S.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-9501
Bioretention Project Website
Office Hours: 221 Jeffords,by appointment

I teach the following courses:

Recent Publications:

Shrestha, P., Hurley, S., and Wemple, B. 2018. “Effects of different soil media,vegetation, and hydrologic treatments on nutrient and sediment removal in roadside bioretention systems.” Ecological Engineering 112: 116-131

Cording, A., Hurley, S., and Whitney, D. 2017. “Monitoring methods and designs for evaluating bioretention performance.Journal of Environmental Engineering, 143(12).

Coleman, S., Hurley, S., Koliba, C. and Zia, A. 2017. “Crowdsourced Delphis: Designing solutions to complex environmental problems with broad stakeholder participation.” Global Environmental Change 25: 111-123.

Hurley, S., Shrestha, P., Cording, A. 2017. “Nutrient leaching from compost: implications for bioretention and other green stormwater infrastructure.” Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, American Society of Civil Engineering, 3(3).