Environmental Studies at UVM

Alicia Daniel


Environmental Program

Areas of Interest: 

Reading the landscape, conservation of wild places, storytelling, and connecting people to place through hands-on education and exuberant exploration


Walking through the forest without knowing how to read the landscape is like walking through a library without knowing how to read a book. Places record their histories in rock formations and soil horizons, in tree rings and cut stumps, in stonewalls and cellar holes. For the past 25 years, Alicia Daniel has guided students as they solve forest mysteries. Student record their findings in maps, field notes and sketches. Forest ecologist Tom Wessels wrote, “To develop intimacy with people it is necessary to understand their history; the same holds true for developing an intimate relationship with place.” Through her teaching Alicia helps students cultivate an intimate understanding of the natural world.