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Ongoing research at UVM relates to the effects of climate change on human and natural systems, as well as on strategies and policies of mitigating climate change. You can search for experts at the University of Vermont.

Research around Vermont

Research efforts at higher education institutions around Vermont

Faculty at higher education institutions around Vermont are conducting important research that relates to the mission of the Vermont Climate Collaborative. We seek to identify faculty that are leading research addressing specific aspects of greenhouse gas reduction. For example, research on biomass and carbon sequestration, energy policy, transportation and land use planning, local food production and distribution, green business practices, policy analysis.

Below is our preliminary list of faculty conducting research to address issues in sustainability and climate change and we request your help in identifying current research from all Vermont higher education institutions. Contact the VCC to submit information.

  • Middlebury College faculty study diverse topics (pdf), from the effects of solar variability on climate, to the effects of climate change on tree species migration and boreal forest growth, to the impacts of climate change on birds and lakes and on strategies for local, regional- and national-scale greenhouse gas mitigation policies.
  • At the Vermont Law School, faculty from diverse disciplines study all aspects of environmental policy, including a focus on energy policy, climate change, and renewable energy.
  • Faculty at Sterling College provide areas of expertise related to sustainability and climate change that include:
    • Energy Policy/Sustainable Building & Systems Design: Adrian Owens, Ned Houston
    • Sustainable Energy Production & Sustainable Systems: Erik Hansen, Adrian Owens
    • Biomass & Carbon Sequestration/Ecology: Anja Kade, David Gilligan, Ann Spearing
    • Land-Use Planning/Sustainable Forestry: Rick Thomas, Ross Morgan, Raymond Toolan, Adrian Owens
    • Local Food Production & Distribution: Heidi Wilson, Mitch Hunt, Allison Van Akkeren, Rick Thomas
    • Wildlands & Wildlife Conservation: Farley Brown, Jeff Parsons
    • Agricultural Power Systems: Rick Thomas, Mitch Hunt
    • Green Business Practices: Steve Gorelick, Louise Calderwood, Mitch Hunt
    • Culture & Climate Change: Pamela Stern
    • Outdoor & Environmental Education: Anne Morse, John Zaber, Heidi Wilson, Allison Van Akkeren
  • The following Green Mountain College faculty are conducting research on sustainable practices and climate change:
    • Sustainable Agriculture: Philip Ackerman-Leist (Current research - Farm to food projects on campus & in communities)
    • Environmental Design: Lucas Brown (Current research - Sustainable buildings & theory of ecological design)
    • International Environmental Law: Sam Edwards (Current research - Dispute resolution)
    • Marketing/Management: Karen Fleming (Current research - Sustainable business)
    • Botany/Restoration Ecology: James Graves (Current research - Clay plain forest restoration; Invasive species)
    • Natural Resource Management/Forest Management: Jim Harding (Current research - Public lands management; National forest policy)
    • Energy Economics & Policy: Steven Letendre (Current research - Renewable energy; Electric vehicle economics & policy analysis)
    • Natural Resource Management/Conservation Psychology: Keith McDade (Current research - Attitude & behavior change)
    • Ecological Economics: Kenneth Mulder (Current research - Sustainable agriculture)
    • Business Strategy/Regional Planning: Jacob Park (Current research - Sustainable business; Sustainable community development)
    • U.S. Environmental Law & Policy: Rebecca Purdom (Current research - Water law; Endangered species; Land use policy)
    • Philosophy of Science/Environmental Philosophy: William Throop (Current research - Ethical issues in land use policy)
    • Geology, GIS, Climate Change: John Van Hoesen (Current research - Dam removal & 3D landscape analysis)

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