Environmental Studies at UVM

Rachelle Gould

Assistant Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Areas of Interest: 

Sustainability values, well-being, learning, policy, diversity, equity, and behavior.


Note: Before seeking advising from Rachelle Gould, please visit her personal web site.

Dr Rachelle Gould's collaborative interdisciplinary research investigates the relationships between ecosystems and well-being, focusing on the intersection of environmental values, learning, and human behavior. Using the lens of Cultural Ecosystem Services and with particular attention to issues of diversity and equity, she examines how nature improves well-being in nonmaterial ways.

Rachelle grew up in Southern California, and is still connected to the region’s beaches and arid chaparral – and is also excited to get to know Vermont. Her work on the connections between people and nature has led her to multiple continents and scores of relationships with conservation practitioners, government officials, and local community members. She spent two years in Chile working with The Nature Conservancy and a local NGO, and managing a large-scale Conservation Corridor project. She learned about the dynamic state of conservation doing her Master’s of Forest Science on Non-Timber Forest Products, in partnership with the Bhutanese government’s Environment and Forestry Institute. For over five years, she conducted her dissertation work in Hawaii, on forest restoration and Cultural Ecosystem Services. Most recently, she spent two years as the Managing Post-Doctoral Scholar for the Stanford University Environmental Learning in the Bay Area Project. She is eager to revisit and reinvigorate these connections as her research program develops and expands.


  • Ph.D. Environment and Resources, Stanford University, 2013
  • M.A. Forest Science, Land Conservation, Yale University of Vermont, 2007
  • B.A. Environmental Science and Policy, Harvard University, 2003

Other Courses: 

  • NR 002 Nature and Culture

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Future Earth Young Scholars network
  • North American Association for Environmental Education

Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

Dr. Gould will begin working with graduate students in Autumn 2016. If you are interested in potentially working with Rachelle, please contact her, letting her know what about her area(s) of specialty interest you, and what you might be interested in studying.