University of Vermont

2017 Governor's Institute on Environmental Science and Technology

2017 GIV eSAT Faculty and Staff

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Program Director

Christine Massey - Program Director
Christine Massey is a Researcher in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont and holds a BA and MS in Geology. She works at the Perkins Museum of Geology on grant-funded initiatives and facilitates science education for students and teachers in Vermont. Current projects include: 1) The Landscape Change Program where she helps coordinate a large historic photograph collection of Vermont landscapes, helps understand how students learn using images, and works with K-12 teachers to develop curriculum using images, 2) Directing the Environmental Science and Technology Governor’s Institute for capable and motivated Vermont high school students, 3) Directing the Perkins Museum Environmental Science Day Camp for children in grades 1-7, and 4) Coordinating the creation of educational vignettes for a new textbook in Geomorphology. Christine lives in Burlington, VT with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys cross-country skiing and baking pies.

Lead Faculty

Paul Bierman - 2017 Lead Faculty
Paul Bierman is a professor of Geology at UVM where he engages people of all ages in the study of how Earth’s surface works.  For more than 20 years, he’s done research in Vermont and many other places around the world including far northern Canada, Greenland, central Australia, southern Africa, the Middle East, and the American southwest. His latest efforts use historic imagery to document the impact of people on the Vermont landscapes and the impact of landscape events on people and societies in our state.  Paul earned his BA from Williams College in 1985 and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington, the latter in 1993.  He has been at UVM ever since then with appointments in Geology and the School of Natural Resources.  In 2005, Paul was awarded the one of the National Science Foundation’s highest honors; the Directors award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.  This award and others have supported the Vermont Landscape Change Program, a digital archive of more than 70,000 historic images of Vermont (

Lee Corbett – 2017 Lead Faculty
Lee Corbett is a geologist who studies glaciers in the Arctic and has traveled to Greenland five times for her research. She is particularly interested in how glaciers shape landscapes over thousands to millions of years. Lee is a proud native Vermonter; she grew up in Brattleboro, did her undergraduate work at Middlebury College, and completed both her masters and doctorate degrees at University of Vermont. She has also taught courses in the Geology Departments at both Middlebury College and University of Vermont. She currently lives in Shelburne with her husband and enjoys any excuse to spend time outside and to travel.

Eric Davis - 2017 Assistant Faculty
Eric is an Ecologist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Rivers Program. Eric earned his M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from UVM, where his research focused on how the hydrology of vernal pools affects the bioavailability of mercury in these biological hotspots. Eric first came to Vermont to attend UVM as an undergraduate, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science focused on water resources, and fell in love with Vermont in the process. In his time between degree programs, Eric researched the effects of stormwater on stream hydrology and worked with the National Park Service to implement a regional stream and pond monitoring program. In addition to his interest in natural science, Eric is also interested in the intersection of public policy, business, and the environment; to this end he has earned a graduate certificate in ecological economics and a professional certificate in sustainable business practices. In his leisure time, Eric can often be found hiking with his partner and son, Sharon and Cullen, or travelling.

Assistant Faculty

Malayika Cincotta – 2017 Assistant Faculty
Hey there, I am a second-year graduate student in Geology at the University of Vermont. I am originally from Arlington, VA (just outside DC) and came up to UVM Burlington for undergrad. I fell in love with the area and just had to stick around! When I’m not in the Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, I can be found reading a book on my kindle while enjoying a cup of tea, catching up on a television show, or hanging out with friends on Church Street. Looking forward to a fun and rewarding summer session!

Lauren Sopher – 2017 Assistant Faculty
Ink and dirt have covered Lauren’s hands since she was a child. Lauren studied art, design, and environmental science at the University of Michigan so she could explore nature from multiple perspectives. Lauren stumbled upon welwitschia, a peculiar plant endemic to the Namib Desert, while tracking black rhinos in Namibia. In Burlington, she hovered over botanical books and dried plant specimens at UVM’s Pringle Herbarium. In the Northeast Kingdom, she focused on engaging communities with their food system. Yearning to make personal relationships central to her workday, Lauren supported individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders to access their community, build meaningful social connections, and maximize independence. As a graduate student in the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Program at UVM, Lauren seeks to exchange place-based knowledge of the landscape with the general public, in formats that are accessible, creative, and collaborative. Lauren is excited to meet the eSAT 2017 students and together, explore Vermont’s boundless landscape. She will likely be singing while doing this.

Grant Reeder – 2017 Assistant Faculty
I have just finished my first year of my master’s program at UVM, working on lead speciation and immobilization in the soil. Prior to UVM, I got my undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where I studied geology and swam on the varsity swim team. I grew up in New Hampshire and I love skiing of all sorts, hiking, and being outside in general!

Cheyne Aiken – 2017 Assistant Faculty
Hey all! I'm a geology graduate student at UVM in the second summer of my program. I am working with Dr. Laura Webb on a project pertaining to structural geology and metamorphic petrology in northern Vermont. I graduated from SUNY Potsdam in May of 2014. In my off time, I am an avid hiker and love to ride my bike.

Rebecca Roman – 2017 Assistant Faculty
Although I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I am happy to call Burlington my home!  I enjoy spending time hiking the nearby mountains and woods, biking the causeways, and cooking with local food from the farmers market. I recently graduated from the University of Vermont where I studied environmental sciences, focused on environmental conservation and preservation.  I have spent time doing research in Vermont on agroecology, forest health, water runoff, and stream health.  I also spent time in Madagascar studying and collecting data on the black and white ruffed lemur, which I later used for my senior thesis.  I look forward to working with GIV this summer and helping students grow their passion for the local environment.

Amanda Ferrero – 2017 Assistant Faculty
Amanda is going into her senior year at the University of Vermont as an Environmental Studies Major in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources. With her sustainability focus, Amanda is interested in landscape and watershed management. In addition to acting as a full time student, Amanda serves as a teaching assistant for various courses and is involved with many clubs at the University. During the summer she interns for the Lake Champlain Basin Program where she educates the public about aquatic invasive species and their social, ecologic, and economic impacts on the Lake Champlain Basin. During this time Amanda also participates in invasive species harvests and records data on cyanobacteria blooms throughout the lake. In her free time Amanda enjoys hiking, camping and alpine skiing.

Lifeguard/Media Technician - 2017

Amanda Cole – Lifeguard/Media Technician My name is Amanda Cole. I'm a junior at UVM studying environmental science with a concentration in global climate change and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, I hope to spend a few years in the Peace Corps and then pursue a graduate degree in geography or environmental sciences. I like to read, run and spend time outdoors hiking! I will be working as the lifeguard for the Institute this summer, as well as documenting the experience through pictures which will be shown at the end-of-the-week slideshow. I can't wait to meet everyone!

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