Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Austin Thomas is a PhD student in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and an NSF-funded Smart Grid IGERT program Trainee. Prior to joining UVM, Austin completed two degrees in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Reading (UK). His research at UVM involves modelling wind and solar energy infrastructure requirements for meeting governmental clean energy goals and mapping potential land use impacts of large-scale renewable energy infrastructure deployments. Previous research work has included carbon uptake in temperate forests, the Arctic radiation budget, and UK wind energy resilience. Outside of academia, Austin enjoys sports of all kinds, weather, politics, and traveling the world.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Renewable energy generation, meteorology, land use and land cover change, energy policy, energy system transition.


  • MSc, Applied Meteorology (Distinction), University of Reading (UK)
  • BS, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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