Gund Affiliate, Interim Associate Director, UVM Environmental Program

Amy L. Seidl is the Interim Associate Director of the Environmental Program and a Senior Lecturer in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Amy’s areas of scholarship include ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, climate change communication, ecological
planning and climate adaptation, and the intersection of climate change and the humanities.

Amy has published two books on climate change. The titles include Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World (2009) and Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in an Age of Warming (2012). She is currently at work on a piece of climate fiction.

Amy was the host of the Emmy award-winning show Emerging Science, produced by Bright Blue Eco-media and Vermont Public Television. She is Vice- Chair of the Vermont Natural Resource Council board and a board member of Bright Blue. She is currently serving as the Interim Associate Director of the Environmental Program at UVM where she teaches courses in Environmental Studies, Sustainability Science, Climate Adaptation, and Environmental Literature.


  • Coleman, K., J. Murdoch, K. Walling, A. Seidl, and S. Rayback. 2017. Beyond polar bears: Service-learning as a tool to understand climate across disciplines. Journal of Geoscience Education 65(2):158-167.  
  • Seidl, A. 2016. Foreword. New Voices in Wilderness. Waterman, L. (ed.) University of New England Press, Lebanon, NH.
  • Seidl, A. 2015. Resembling the cosmos: Evolution in the Age of Humans, Minteer, B. (ed.) in After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
  • Lockwood, A. 2012. The affective legacy of Silent Spring. Environmental Humanities 1(1):123-140 (a piece of eco-criticism of my work).

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Lynne Bond Outstanding Faculty Service Learning Award, Community & University Partnerships, University of Vermont
  • 2016 Marcia Caldwell Award for dedication to RSENR students, University of Vermont
  • 2016 Nominated for the University-wide Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award 2015-16,University of Vermont
  • 2015 Nominated for the Lynne Bond Outstanding Service Learning Award, Community & University Partnerships, University of Vermont
  • 2014 Nominated for the University-wide Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award 2013-14, University of Vermont
  • 2013 Nominated for the University-wide Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award 2012-13, University of Vermont
  • 2010 Faculty Sustainability Fellowship, University of Vermont
  • 2001 Faculty Service-learning Fellowship, University of Vermont

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Global climate change, climate adaptation, sustainability science, communicating science, ecology, evolutionary biology


  • PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Vermont
  • MS, Entomology, Colorado State University
  • BA, Natural Science & Poetry, Hampshire College


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