Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Kelly is a PhD student in UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Economics for the Anthropocene program. Working with Vermont’s mobile home park communities during Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts in 2011, both as a researcher and as a volunteer, Kelly witnessed firsthand the impacts of climate change on rural communities. Those experiences serve as her motivation for pursuing transdisciplinary research that offers tangible outcomes for increasing disaster resilience of rural communities in the face of climate change. She is a full-time Lecturer of Community Development in UVM’s Department of Community Development and Applied Economics. She also supports a variety of community-based research and evaluation projects in the UVM Center for Rural Studies on topics important for vital rural communities such as workforce development and affordable housing. 

Advisor: Jon Erickson

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Community resilience, land use planning, hazard mitigation, rural community development and well-being.


  • MS, Community Development & Applied Economics, University of Vermont
  • BS, Natural Resources, University of Vermont