My research is cross-disciplinary with the ultimate goal of scaling plot-based forest health relationships to a landscape-scale using remote sensing and GIS modeling. To date, this work has focused on the detection and mapping of pre-visual forest decline symptoms resulting from invasive species, global climate change and acid deposition/nutrient depletion. These techniques provide a much-needed tool for the early detection of new and existing stressors and will allow forest management agencies to focus management efforts before stands are severely impacted.
Jim Duncan serves as the director of the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, where he strives to improve access to information and monitoring of forested ecosystems in the northeast. He supports Cooperators by making long-term monitoring data on the region’s forested ecosystems more accessible, providing needed aggregation and syntheses of disparate data into products that are more useful for seeing and responding to change, and building new regional networks for greater collaboration in monitoring. He also supports interdisciplinary teams in UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with spatiotemporal analysis and integration of social and ecological data, and serves on his towns tree board. He previously worked to increase transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors by giving decision makers and citizens tools to map and interact with data, including in Mongolia and Ghana.
Ali is a forest ecologist and dendrochronologist (tree rings) who specializes in understanding tree response to environmental change. She has worked with FEMC over the years, first as a graduate student studying tree growth in the FEMCs long-term study site at Mt. Mansfield and as a part-time staff member to author the annual reports. Now at the FEMC, she coordinates and oversees regional and state scientific projects.
John started his work with FEMC as a summer field intern in 2016 after graduating from the University of Vermont. Following the field season, he transitioned from an intern to the Project and Field Coordinator. When he’s not working on field projects John can be found at our Spear St. office crunching data, working on outreach, and other miscellaneous tasks. Outside of work John enjoys volleyball, photography, fishing on his kayak, and drumming.
Nancy Voorhis is the Database and Web Developer for the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC). She is responsible for development and management of the FEMC data archive, website, and associated cyberinfrastructure. She most recently worked as a consultant developing software, performing web and database backend programming and providing system and network support to nonprofits and educational institutions. She started her career working for the USDA Forest Service as a Research Forester. Outside of work, she enjoys being active, and preferably outside, pursuing hiking, biking, cross country skiing, tennis, swimming – depending on the season.
Matthias is working to collect and archive overlooked datasets throughout New England and New York. He has monitored forests as they relate to declining bird species across the United States and has pursued his interest in geospatial techniques between field seasons through the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab.
- GIS Analyst
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma is a social and digital geographer with a love of maps and computer programming. She began working with FEMC in January 2016 while an undergrad at UVM. After graduating in 2017 she began working full time as a GIS technician working with regional partners standardizing and aggregating Forest Health data. After a year’s hiatus to get a masters she’s back at FEMC as a spatial analyst, writing programs for large scale spatial data analysis and developing web tools for interactive mapping and spatial modeling.
- Research Specialist
- E-mail: Matthias.Nevins@uvm.edu
Matthias is currently pursuing a master’s degree in forestry at UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. His research is focused on modeling the effects of climate change, forest management, and disturbance on forest ecosystems in Vermont. Matthias began working as a research specialist for FEMC in the fall of 2018.
Jake began his service with FEMC in the fall of 2019 as a member of ECO AmeriCorps. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2019 with a BA degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. Jake will be assisting with the collection and archive of high quality data from Vermont’s health monitoring network. He also focuses on developing routes of outreach and engagement to maximize the potential for utilization of FEMC archives and products. Having grown up in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, Jake is now excited to explore the terrain of Vermont's Green Mountains.
- E-mail: email@example.com
Alyx started working as a Data Archivist with FEMC in the winter of 2019. She graduated UVM with a BS in Plant and Soil Science. Most of her work experience is in residential and commercial sustainable landscaping. She is excited to explore the studies implemented by conservation programs around the state that she grew up in.
- Joined FEMC: 2019
Julia is a recent graduate from the University of Vermont with a BS in Environmental Science and minor in Wildlife Biology. She spent her undergrad years researching agriculture and climate change under Dr. Carol Adair and is now shifting her focus to forest systems, where she is deeply interested in how nutrient cycling and ecological systems will be impacted by climate change. Julia is interning with FEMC to work on the Forest Health Monitoring project.
- VMC Director
- Active: 1991-2016
As Program Coordinator for the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC), I work with cooperators from state and federal agencies, academia and environmental non-profit organizations to coordinate their monitoring and research activities and to try to connect them to other folks or groups with similar interests. I am also site supervisor for several national environmental monitoring programs with sampling equipment located at the Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill, including: NADP/NTN, NADP/MDN, USDA UVB, AMNet and AMON. Additionally, I am a research team member of the NForM Climate Change Study and Aiken Green Roof experiment.
- Site Operator
- Active: 1995-2018
Starting as a part-time site coverage operator at FEMC’s air quality site in Underhill in the mid-1990s, Mim became the primary air quality technician in the early 2000s. As needs changed over the years, Mim edited the VMC newsletter, worked on communications and outreach, and various FEMC publications. Along with the rest of the FEMC staff, she has organized the Annual Conference, edited the Annual Monitoring Update and worked on our database and website. Mim retired in the spring of 2018, but remains on staff as a consultant and extra pair of hands for the air quality site. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and hanging around with her ancient horse and other critters, and traveling to new places, especially cities.
- Outreach Coordinator
- Active: 1996-2017
Judy works with research biologists on a variety of forest health projects, ranging from insect diversity to acid rain monitoring with the goal of facilitating communication between research scientists, politicians and the lay public; and to archive and make forest ecosystem and other ecological information available in an accessible manner to a wider audience. Until recently Judy taught as an adjunct instructor in local colleges, primarily at Johnson State College. Judy previously split her time between FEMC and the USDA’s APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, which is a regulatory arm of the USDA. She is now the State Entomologist for the state of Vermont
- Environmental Technician
- Active: 2016-2017
Beginning as a Perennial Intern through the Rubenstein school, Carloline was hired as temporary staff in 2017. Here, she worked on analyzing and developing a methodology for the FHM Hemi photo protocol. She also worked on establishing a protocol for FHM's dendroband project.
- Database and Web Developer, Site Operator
- Active: 2016-2019
Mike focuses on developing digital tools that can be used to manage and visualize data gathered by our cooperators, also serving as the main field technician for the FEMC's remote meteorlogical stations and is the primary site operator at the air quality site in Underhill, VT. Graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in computer science and working as a field technician for years, Mike has developed an understanding of data requirements and idiosyncrasies. Outside of work Mike loves biking, climbing, skiing, and playing music.