Co-Director, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Program

Amy Seidl is Interim Associate Director and Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.  Her appointment is within the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Her courses include Introduction to Environmental Studies; Sustainability Science; Teaching About the Environment; Adaptation to Climate Change, and Environmental Literature of the Anthropocene. She is a member of the General Education Committee on Writing and Information Literacy (WILD), the Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, and is a UVM fellow in Service-Learning and Sustainability. Amy has also overseen the internship program in Environmental Studies, including the Capstone Internship Program completed by senior students for graduation.

Dr. Seidl is the author of two books on climate change, Early Spring: Waking to a Warming World (2009) and Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming (2011), both from Beacon Press.  In 2010 Amy received a "Best of the Best" award for Early Spring from the Association of Academic and University Presses.  In 2016 she was awarded the Marcia Caldwell Award for her dedication to students and in 2017 she was awarded the Lynn Bond Faculty Award for Service-Learning. Dr. Seidl received a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree in Entomology from Colorado State University.  She lives in Huntington, Vermont with her husband and two daughters.


  • 2011 Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming (Beacon Press, Boston, MA).
  • 2009 Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World. (Beacon Press, Boston, MA. Foreword by Bill McKibben).

Book Chapters

  • Seidl, A. “Resembling the Cosmic Rhythms: Evolution of Nature and Stewardship in the Age of Humans,” Minteer, B. (ed.) in After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • Seidl, A. “The Pragmatics of Climate Change: Moving Ideas into Action,” de la Macorra, X. (ed.) in Human Migration and Climate Change, America Natural, Mexico City, Mexico. (2012)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Global climate change, climate adaptation, sustainability science, communicating science, ecology, evolutionary biology


  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Vermont
  • MS, Entomology, Colorado State University
  • BA, Science and Poetry, Hampshire College


  • 802-656-0907
Office Location:

Bittersweet House Room 307

Office Hours:

Email Amy to schedule an appointment

Courses Taught

ENVS Courses:

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 188 Sustainability Science
ENVS 295 Adaptation to Climate Change

Other Courses:

NR 103 Ecology, Ecosystems and the Environment
HCOL 186 Environmetnal Literature of the Anthropocene