Retired Senior Lecture, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Kit Anderson's research focuses on the cultural dimensions of human-plant interactions and how these affect the landscapes in which we live.  Kit's earlier work on big trees took her to Louisiana and Guatemala. In Vermont, she has studied the history of herbalism and the role of plant exchanges in the early contact period. Students in recent courses have completed creative and scholarly service learning projects promoting awareness of campus trees. She oversees the ENVS thesis capstone, guiding students as they learn research methods, write proposals and complete their theses.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
  • Society for Economic Botany
  • International Society for Ethnobiology
  • National Storytelling Network
  • Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Nature-society relationships, cultural geography, ethnobotany, traditional storytelling, contemplative practices in higher education


  • PhD, Geography, Louisiana State University
  • MA, Geography, University of Vermont
  • BA, Botany, University of Vermont


Courses Taught

ENVS 153 Ethnobotany
ENVS 154 D2: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Other Courses:
HCOL 185 SL Trees and Culture