Environmental Studies at UVM

Rick Paradis

UVM Natural Areas Center Director, Lecturer, Advisor

Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bittersweet House Room 312

  • 802-656-4055

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Wednesdays10:00am - 1:00pm. Call 656-4055 to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

Conservation Biology, Natural Areas Management, Ecological Restoration, Land Conservation, Comparative Landscape Studies


Rick Paradis is the Director of the University of Vermont Natural Areas Center and Lecturer in the Environmental Program.  He teaches courses in research methods, land conservation and stewardship, natural history, ecological restoration, conservation biology, and ecology.  As Director of the Natural Ares Center, Rick oversees the administration and management of the University's Natural Areas System and provides outreach services and professional development for those interested in the protection and management of natural areas and other conservation lands.  His research is focused on the landscape histories and land conservation legacies of distinct mountain and arid ecosystems where he attempts to elucidate the relationship between ecology and culture and how this relationship has influenced both historical and contemporary conservation, stewardship, and restoration beliefs and practices.  His field instruction and research has taken place around the New England landscape, the American Southwest, and the Highlands of Scotland.

Rick was recently awarded a Leopold Fellowship through the National Endowment for the Humanities where he traveled to both the American Southwest and rural Wisconsin to study the words and works of Aldo Leopold.  His long-term interests in regional alpine ecology and conservation resulted in his appointment as president of the board of directors of the Waterman Fund whose mission is to conserve the alpine areas of northeastern North America.  He has served on the town of Middlesex Conservation Commission and is on the board of directors of the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, Vermont.


  • Ph.D. Environmental Studies, Union Institute and University, 2008
  • M.S. Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont, 1985
  • B.S. Environmental Conservation, University of New Hampshire, 1978

Other Courses: 

  • NR 103 Ecology, Ecosystems, and Environment

Professional Affiliations: 

  • The Waterman Fund
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Natural Areas Association
  • Society for Ecological Restoration International
  • North Branch Nature Center

Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

My scholarly interests include comparative landscape histories, inventories and assessments; conservation biology and ecological restoration of alpine, montane, peatland and arid ecosystems; natural areas conservation and stewardship; selection, design and implementation of conservation reserve systems; best management practices in land conservation; adaptive management, monitoring, and planning strategies for biological diversity and habitat conservation; visitor use management techniques and infrastructure development in sensitive ecosystems; undergraduate and graduate education and professional development in land conservation and stewardship; low-impact field research methods; and local, regional, national and international land conservation and stewardship models.