Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Kristin is a PhD student in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and an NSF IGERT Smart Grid Trainee. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Boston University and went on to earn dual Master’s in Oceanography and Agriculture & Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut. Kristin took a yearlong leave of absence from UVM in 2016 to work in Washington, D.C. as a NOAA John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. As a Knauss Fellow, she worked jointly for the Coastal States Organization and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources. Kristin’s interdisciplinary background has led to her current research interests, which center around how Smart Grids can improve resilience to coastal storm events/disasters and how to overcome the human behavior and policy obstacles to Smart Grid adoption.


Raub, K., Vlahos, P., and Whitney, M. 2015. Comparison of Marine Sampling Methods for Organic Contaminants: Passive Samplers, Water Extractions, and Live Oyster Deployment. Marine Environmental Research, Vol. 109, pp. 148-158.

Awards and Recognition

Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, 2016.
Bishop-Carder Scholarship, Fall 2014.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environmental Economics / Natural Resources as an NSF IGERT Smart Grid Trainee


  • MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut
  • MS, Oceanography, University of Connecticut
  • BA, Marine Science, Boston University