Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Alison is a PhD Student at the Rubenstein School and in the Gund Institute's Economics for the Anthropocene program. She studies the nonmaterial benefits humans receive from nature, looking particularly at how environmental change impacts individuals' well-being, cultural practices, and behavior, and the justice and equity implications of these effects. She's also interested in the ways an ecological economics approach to systems thinking can reshape how people view and actualize their relationship(s) with nature. With a background in spatial modeling and land cover change, Alison explores how spatial patterns affect and emerge from people's interactions with nature, and is often considering the most effective way to visually represent these patterns. She has a BA from Yale in History of Art and received her MS in Natural Resources from UVM.

Advisor: Rachelle Gould



  • Bliss, S, Adams, A., Hamshaw, K., & Telle, S. In prep. Making America Great Again? Assessing the greenhouse gas emissions of President Trump’s budget proposals using environmentally-extended input- output analysis. Intended journal: Ecological Economics.
  • Crownshaw, T., Adams, A., Britto dos Santos, N., Clare, S., Damiano, A., Gilbert, L., Greenford, D. H., Haage, G. Y., Kumar, K., Morgan, C., & Sers, M. In prep. Over the Horizon: new challenges for ecological economics in a post-growth future. Intended journal: Ecological Economics.
  • Adams, A., Pontius, J., & Galford, G. In prep. Calculating carbon storage in the Northern Forest: a methods comparison. University of Vermont Master’s Thesis. Intended journal: Landscape Ecology.
  • Adams, A., Pontius, J., Gudex-Cross, D., & Galford, G. In prep. 75 years of forest conversion in the Northeast: historical patterns and future projections. Intended journal: Landscape Ecology.
  • Adams, A., Pontius, J., & Galford, G. Data set. Forest carbon storage maps of the northeastern US. Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Database and Web Portal. Estimated availability May 2017.
  • Gudex-Cross, D., Pontius, J. & Adams, A. 2017 (in press). Enhanced forest cover mapping using spectral unmixing and object-based classification of multi-temporal Landsat imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Adams, A. 2009. Tripping through Canvas: Psychedelia in Morris Louis’s Unfurleds, then and now. Yale University Senior Thesis. *awarded Vincent D. Andrus prize

Awards and Recognition

UVM Graduate Student Senate Mini Grant - $750, $800 (awarded twice), 2015-17
USDA NSRC Graduate Research Assistantship Grant - $10,000, 2015
Rubenstein Graduate Student Association Mini Grant - $200, 2015
Vincent D. Andrus prize. Awarded for the best senior essay on a topic in American art, Yale University, 2009
Distinction in History of Art, Yale University, 2009

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecosystem services, nonmaterial benefits from nature, climate change, spatial analysis, land cover and land use change, equity and justice



  • MS, Natural Resources, University of Vermont
  • BA, History, Yale University