Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Climbing trees in her hedgerow and summer hiking trips in the White Mountains exposed Kathryn to the mysteries and excitement of the natural world.  After earning a BS in Natural Resource Ecology from UVM, she learned to wander with purpose as an employee of several trail-centric organizations across the country.  She enjoyed not only the chance to work outside, but to see the theory from course work applied to real world situations. 

Kathryn spent time out west before coming back to New England.  She most recently worked as the Field Supervisor for the Green Mountain Club in Vermont.  Originally lured in by the chance to live on Camels Hump for a fall, she quickly decided she wanted to work longer term for the club.  She transitioned from caretaker to Field Assistant, leaving a piece of her heart on Camels Hump.  She moved into a basement office where she hired people to live on mountains, worked with dedicated volunteers and planned a major relocation of the Long Trail in the Winooski River Valley.  Kathryn returned to the University of Vermont this year as an Ecological Planning graduate student.  She's excited to take her years of on the ground conservation work to the next level by folding in a transdisciplinary approach to solve the complex conservation issues of today.

Advisor: William Keeton

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Social ecological systems, rural livelihoods, sustainable development, ecosystem services, traditional knowledge


  • MS, Natural Resources, University of Vermont
  • BS, Natural Resources, University of Vermont