University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Plant and Soil Science Seminar Series

PSS 393: Fall 2014 Seminars

Fridays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Jeffords 112

Coordinating committee: Yolanda Chen, Josef Gorres, Grace Matiru, Paliza Shrestha, Chase Stratton
For more information contact

Seminars are free and open to the public.

Appreciation is due to the William T. Raymond Memorial Fund for making this series possible.

Sept 5


Weighing the evidence for climate change mitigation in agriculture: A summary or CCAFS research findings to date.


Lini Wollenberg, Research Scientist, Leader, CGIAR CCAFS Theme Leader, Pro-Poor Climate Change Mitigation

University of Vermont

Sept 12

Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba

NOTE: Location change Davis Center, Room 403, Williams Family Room


Fernandeo Funes Aguilar, Professor, Agroecology Program Coordinator

Agriculture Experimental Station, Indio Hatuey, Cuba

Sept 19


Investigating Nutrient, Hydraulic and Sediment Transport Dynamics at the UVM Bioretention Laboratory

Amanda Cording, Plant and Soil Science,

University of Vermont, Ph.D candidate


Sept 26

Ecological Design Collaboratory and Burlington Geographic


Walter Poleman, Senior Lecturer in the Rubenstein School

Director Green-House Residential Learning Community

University of Vermont

Oct 3


Join us for a special presentation:

Bringing back the Bees: A View from the Front Lines of Pollinator Research

NOTE: This event is scheduled 11:00 to Noon in the Davis Center, Room 403, Williams Family Room



Jim Frazier, Professor of Entomology and Mary Ann Frazier, Extension Associate

Penn State University

Oct 3



Anthropogenic effects on insect-plant interactions in agriculture: crop domestication and global invasions  

Yolanda Chen, Assistant Professor

Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont


Wednesday Oct 8

Food Sovereignty Initiatives in Chiapas, Mexico
Weaving the fabric of resistance

NOTE: Location/Time change:

3:00- 5:00 Davis Center 422, Jost Foundation Room



Hilda Morales and Bruce Ferguson

Ecosur, Chiapas, Mexico

Oct 10

Tailoring Bioretention to Target Certain Pollutants: Three Case Studies in Connecticut


Michael Dietz, Ph.D., Director UCONN CLEAR and

Connecticut NEMO Program

University of Connecticut

Oct 17

The Role of the Eye: Use of Eye Tracking to Understand Preference for Sustainable Labels


Ben Campbell, Assistant Professor

University of Connecticut

Oct 24


Plant and Microbial Carbon Flux Coherence within Managed and Agricultural Wetlands


Jaclyn Hatala, Assistant Professor, Geography and

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Dartmouth College

Oct 31

Not my host? Does phylogenetic distance influence repulsion for the specialist swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii)?  

Chase Stratton, Plant and Soil Science

University of Vermont, Ph.D. candidate

Nov 7 Agriculture: The Feds, the State and the Farmers. What are the various levels of regulations in Vermont agriculture, what do they mean, and what are the impacts to water quality?  

Marli Rupe, VT Agency of Natural Resources, Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Water Quality Specialist

Nov 14


Investigating the effects of agricultural tile drainage on edge of
field nutrient, sediment, and water losses


Laura Klaiber, Plant and Soil Science,

University of Vermont, M.S. candidate


Nov 21


Spatial and temporal dynamics of soil bacterial communities in forests of the eastern United States


William Landesman, Assistant Professor

Green Mount College, Vermont

Nov 28





Seminars, 2004-2014

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