While they're not delivering a top-notch education to students, the Geography faculty are conducting groundbreaking research in their fields. Highly regarded by their peers, our faculty are regularly in top scholarly publications and are active in presenting their research at conferences and events all over the world. Find out more what our faculty are up to below.

Dr. Meghan Cope Wins College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award

Professor Meghan Cope


Professor Meghan Cope was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences 2019 Distinguished Faculty Service Award at the September 2019 CAS Faculty meeting by Dean William Falls. The award seeks to highlight exceptional service to the College by faculty members who go above and beyond. Professor Meghan Cope is Co-Chair of the Core Curriculum Task Force, Assessment Coordinator, and has also served on the Academic Studies Committee and as chair of the Individually-Designed Majors Committee.

Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux Wins Association of Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award

Professor Lesley-Ann Dupigny Giroux


Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux won the 2018 Association for Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award in the Academia/Research category after being nominated by fellow scholars in the field. The award recognized exceptional women who have made distinguished contributions in their professions throughout their careers. 

UVM Geography to Host Rural Quadrennial 2019


Drs. Cheryl Morse and Peter Nelson (Geography, Middlebury College) will welcome 45 geographers to Vermont in July 2019.  The Ninth Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers will focus on “Working Landscapes and Livable Communities.”  Participants will present their research on global processes that impact rural communities, research methods, social justice, and a host of other topics. The conference will take place at University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and the Mad River Valley.  The group will also visit Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for a field study and a community service event.

Stay tuned for more developments about this event.

Dr. Cheryl Morse's work on rural development to be published

Professor Cheryl Morse


The journal Society and Natural Resources recently accepted Cheryl Morse’s paper “Faith and doubt in an American working landscape: The importance of scale, work, and place in rural development planning” for publication.  This research is part of Dr. Morse’s Vermont Farmlands Project, and focuses on how Vermont natural resource professionals and policy makers, and residents of rural communities differently interpret the concept of “working lands.” The paper also analyzes the State of Vermont’s novel  “Working Lands Enterprise Initiative,” a program that seeks to develop the state’s economy by promoting diversification in food, agriculture, and forest-products industries.

Dr. Shelly Rayback's Forestry Research in the News

Professor Shelly Rayback


An exciting new study co-authored by Dr. Shelly Rayback and published in Science of the Total Environment examines the surprisingly positive effect that the Clean Air Act has had on the red spruce tree population. UVM scientists have been studying the decline of the red spruce tree due to acid rain since the 1960s, but research aided by Rayback shows a resurgence, primarily due to the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act and rising temperatures.


Dr. Pablo Bose Appointed Provost's Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Pablo Bose


Effective July 1, 2018, Dr. Pablo Bose has been appointed the Provost's Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. Bose will be working with the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning to promote diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus.