Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Rigo is a PhD candidate in the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) program at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Gund Institute for Environment at UVM.

Rigo is broadly interested in how we can link sustainability science with policy to improve the way we use our natural resources with the principal goal of improving quality of life, while maintaining a healthy and resilient ecological foundation.

His research at UVM will gravitate around issues of ecological finance, where he will focus on analyzing the role of sustainability science in the Green New Deal, and its implications for sustainable development and climate change policy, through an ecological economics framework rooted in its biophysical foundation. 

Advisors: Jon Erickson and Joshua Farley

Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Gund Graduate Fellow

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Green New Deal, Energy Return On Investment (EROI), Biophysical and Ecological Economics, Ecological Finance, Climate Change


  • MPA, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Public Affairs
  • MS, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry