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Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:ecology & management of lakes, streams, estuaries; impacts of water pollution & exotic species on ecosystem health
Biography:Watzin is a Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Director of the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory. She specializes in lake and watershed ecology and has an active program of research focused on understanding how human activities, especially water pollution, alterations of the landscape, and exotic species, influence ecosystem health. In 2006, she received the Teddy Roosevelt Award for her work conserving and improving Lake Champlain. In 2003, she received the Ibakari-Kasumigaura Prize, recognizing her work with colleagues in Macedonia and Albania on transboundary water management, in 1996, she received the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence at UVM. Currently, Watzin manages a diverse extramurally funded research program that includes "Linking land use change, stream geomorphology and aquatic biodiversity in a hierarchical watershed classification scheme" funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, “Emerging threats to the Lake Champlain ecosystem” and “Tier-based monitoring for toxic cyanobacteria in the lower Great Lakes,” both funded by NOAA, and other projects funded by federal, state and private sources. She has published more than 90 scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings. Selected titles in 2006 include “Defining acceptable levels for ecosystem indicators: integrating ecological understanding and social values” in Environmental Management, “The role of law, science and the public process: Practical lessons from Lake Champlain (USA and Canada) and Lake Ohrid (Macedonia and Albania)” in Global Business & Development Law Journal, “Application of the WHO Alert Level Framework to Cyanobacteria Monitoring on Lake Champlain, Vermont” in Environmental Toxicology, and “Merging fluvial geomorphology and fish diversity, production and condition in streams and rivers” in Freshwater Biology.