Senior Lecturer ~ Director of the Field Naturalist Masters Program

Walter Poleman


Office Location:

268 Jeffords Hall

  • 802-656-8884

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Landscape analysis, place-based education, land conservation, social-ecological systems science


  • Ph.D. 2010 University of Vermont
  • M.S. 1996 University of Vermont
  • B.A. 1984 Cornell University

Research and/or Creative Works

Walter specializes in natural history, place-based landscape analysis, and education for sustainability. He teaches courses in natural history and human ecology, landscape inventory and assessment, and conservation science.

Associations and Affiliations

Walter is the Director of the Field Naturalist Masters Program, and serves as faculty advisor to the Sustainability Learning Community. He is the founding director the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program, and co-coordinator of the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network. He coordinates the Rubenstein School’s dual master’s degree program with Vermont Law School, and teaches ecology there each summer.

Awards and Recognition

Walter's teaching awards include the President’s Distinguished Senior Lecturer Award, the Kroespsh-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award.


Kolan, M., and W. Poleman. 2009. Revitalizing natural history education by design. Journal of Natural History Education 3:30-40. Available on-line: