Environmental Studies at UVM

Heather Fitzgerald


Environmental Program

Areas of Interest: 

Land use history, disturbance history, ecology, perception of nature, nature writing


Heather Fitzgerald has spent her career working to connect people with their landscapes through her writing, on-the-ground ecological work, and teaching. For the past 11 years she has taught courses on natural history, nature writing, and environmental issues at a variety of institutions, including the Community College of Vermont and the University of Vermont. She is interested in creating a classroom space where it feels safe to take risks, creating assignments that are driven by her students' curiosity and need to know the answers, and changing the way her students see the world.

“My students generally come into class with a deep desire to know more about what's going on in the woods, but they don't really know where to start,” she says. “Our society does not really equip us with those skills. So I help students learn what to look for. Once you know what you're looking for you can see so much more.”


  • M.S. Ecological Planning Program, University of Vermont, 2002
  • B.A. Biology with Environmental Studies, Swarthmore College, 1995