Environmental Studies at UVM

Cecilia Danks

Associate Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bittersweet House Room 205

  • (802) 656-0175

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Thursday 10:30 - 12:30 am. Call 656-4055 to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

Community forestry, socioeconomic monitoring, forest stewardship, institutions for co-management, forest certification, collaborative processes, the working forest, sustainable development, wildfire management policies, nonprofit-sector, and watershed organizations


Cecilia's research focuses on the intersection of community well-being and forest stewardship. Her work has addressed issues in community-based forestry, community-based forest enterprises, communities and carbon markets, forest certification, community-level socioeconomic monitoring, institutions for collaborative management, and the working forest. Cecilia is interested in institutional arrangements for community-based resource management, especially as they affect equity and sustainability in: climate change policies, community-based forestry, and forest carbon.


  • Ph.D. Wildland Resource Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
  • M.S. Wildand Resource Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1991
  • B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Williams College, 1983

Other Courses: 

  • FOR 285 Sustainable Forest Certification
  • NR 002 Nature and Culture
  • NR 104 Social Processes and the Environment
  • NR 385 Comparative Policy Analysis: Community Forestry

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Board of Directors, Watershed Research and Training Center, Hayfork, CA
  • Extended Research Advisory Committee of Ford Foundation Community-Based Forestry Demonstration Program
  • Policy Working Group, National Network for Forest Practitioners
  • Policy Dialogue Group, Rural Voice for Conservation Coalition
  • Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council
  • Northeastern Regional Stewardship Contracting Team, U.S. Forest Service

Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

I advise graduate students in three Rubenstein School graduate concentrations: Environment, Society and Public Affairs (ESPA), Forest and Wildlife Sciences (FWS), and Environment, Thought and Culture (ETC). I seek to fund and advise graduate research in the following areas:

  • Community-based Forestry: Institutions and Research Needs
  • Community Forestry and Carbon Markets
  • Community-based Wood Biomass Energy
  • Community Engagement in Town Forests
  • Institutional Issues in Forest Certification and Working Forests
  • Social Entrepreneurship in the Natural Resource Sector

Funding for graduate assistantships associated with these projects depends on the success of pending grant applications. Check with me for the current status of project funding.



My recent research projects focused on:

  • Institutional Analysis of Community-Based Forestry
  • Community-Based Collaboratives: Strategies to Overcome Institutional Barriers
  • Institutional Innovations in Community-based Forestry
  • Town Forest Models
  • Working Forest Survey