Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Courtney Hammond Wagner is a PhD student at the Rubenstein School and a fellow in the Gund Institute's Economics for the Anthropocene program. Her interests lie in complex Social-Ecological systems and in water systems in particular. Courtney's research focuses on the interaction between ecosystem resilience and the institutional arrangements and policy governing water allocation. Courtney grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received her bachelor's in Psychology from Dartmouth College.

Following graduation, Courtney worked as a research associate in at ecology lab at Dartmouth, spent two summer field seasons in Greenland investigating Arctic soil carbon storage, and worked as a community outreach coordinator for a science consortium in Barrow, AK. Prior to starting her doctoral studies at UVM, Courtney was an Energy Efficiency Consultant with Navigant Consulting, where she researched and evaluated energy efficiency programs.  

Advisors: Breck Bowden, Asim Zia

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Social-ecological systems, community-based natural resource management, climate change, watershed management 


  • BA, Psychology, Dartmouth College