Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Austin Thomas is a recent PhD graduate of 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 involved modelling wind and solar energy infrastructure requirements and landscape impacts of large-scale renewable energy infrastructure deployments. His dissertation is titled 'Electric Grid Decarbonization Pathways: Landscape Impacts, Policy Interactions, and the Need for Cooperation' and can be accessed below. Outside of academia, Austin enjoys sports of all kinds, weather, politics, and traveling the world.

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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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