Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Brittany’s research is aimed toward gaining a more comprehensive understanding of how nutrients are transformed and sequestered in the terrestrial landscape and the impacts of global climate change on these processes. Her research focuses on riparian soils of agricultural and forested areas located within the Lake Champlain watershed. She is interested in answering these questions from a microbial viewpoint to investigate the how microorganisms that carry out these key metabolic processes respond to extreme weather events.

Brittany is pursuing a PhD in natural resources from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to arriving at UVM she earned a Master’s degree in biological and environmental sciences at the University of Rhode Island, where she studied the performance of nitrogen-removing septic systems. She discovered her interest in biogeochemistry while pursuing a B.S. in environmental sciences at UVM.

In addition to her research objectives, Brittany is eager to learn more about how her research findings impact the local community and how public perception of the relevant environmental issues affects the way we resolve them. When she is not researching, Brittany enjoys adventuring in nature, cooking, and traveling.

Advisor: Carol Adair

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Biogeochemistry, riparian area, environmental microbiology, nutrient flux, extreme weather event



  • MS, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island
  • BS, Environmental Sciences, UVM


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