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Whales as Ecosystem Engineers

“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part,” wrote Herman Melville in Moby Dick.  Today, we no longer dread whales, but their subtlety remains. “For a long time, whales have been considered too rare to make much of a difference in the oceans,” notes ...

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New Program Connects Vermont Teachers to UVM Science Research

“Who’s ready to get muddy?” Professor Ellen Marsden grins, rubs her hands together and bounces a little on her feet. As dubious an invitation as that may seem, consider her audience: a group of middle and high school science and math teachers looking to get their hands dirty digging into UVM research.

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UVM Summit Addresses World Hunger, Justice and Environmental Sustainability

This year’s annual UVM Food Systems Summit took a broad look at what presenters view as a worldwide crisis: one billion people undernourished, an energy-dependent food system that relies on non-renewable energy sources, a dangerous lack of biodiversity, tropical forests in Indonesia cleared for palm oil plantations, releasing ...

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2014 Lake Champlain REU Cohort


Undergrads Travel to UVM to Study Lake Champlain

Ten undergraduates from around America are probing the waters of Lake Champlain this summer, seeking a clearer picture of how people are impacting the lake’s ecosystem — and how the regional economy is affected by the health of the lake. At two weeks into the Lake Champlain Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) ...

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First-in-Nation State Climate Assessment Released by Vermont

Fewer days for making maple syrup. Twenty-five years with more snow for skiing. Summer heat stress for dairy cows. These are a few of the forecasts from the Vermont Climate Assessment, the nation's first comprehensive state-level climate assessment, released on June 10.

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Clean Energy Fund Committee Approves Seven Initiatives

Seven initiatives -- including two lecture series and five projects -- have been selected by UVM’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF) Committee for 2014-2015.

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