As a Program Specialist, Ursula provides program assistance for the coordination, delivery, and promotion of the undergraduate and graduate programs within the Department of Education. She supports program coordinators and the department chair with enrollment and recruitment strategies for graduate education and as a liaison coordinating efforts with the Dean’s Office in support of graduate and non-degree programming.
Originally from Uruguay, Ursula grew up in the dry border with Brazil. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and English. With a background is in tropical forest ecology, she serves as a steering committee member of the Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Network. While living in Brazil, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a teaching license. She also holds a Master’s degree in Botany with specialization in Ecology.
Before this position, Ursula worked as a coordinator for the University of Vermont side of a bi-national partnership with McGill University in a Ph.D. program called Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Gund Institute for the Environment. She also taught at Champlain College and worked as a research assistant with social justice and food security issues in the UVM's Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative.
Currently, Ursula is interested in bioregionalism education, practice, and policy with the goal of fostering conservation, human wellbeing, and social justice.