University of Vermont

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    "I learned that science can provide you with the outdoor adventure of a lifetime." — Ryan Sleeper

    Ryan SleeperEnvironmental sciences major, graduate student in natural resources, field research in Alaska, job with environmental consulting company. More about Ryan

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    "Here is a cool new technology for me to jump into that combines geography, natural resources, and information technology!" — Maya Thomas

    Maya ThomasEnvironmental sciences major, GIS minor, research internships, GIS specialist with consulting firm. More about Maya

  • environmental leaders

    "The hands-on learning approach allowed me to integrate classroom learning with real life experience." — Alex Marcucci

    Alex MarcucciEnvironmental sciences major, watershed steward & restoration intern, valued service-learning courses, environmental scientist with consulting firm. More about Alex

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    "I wanted to learn about how forest ecosystems work and find a job where I could be outside and do something meaningful."— Eric Donnelly

    Eric DonnellyForestry major, research project at UVM forest, forestry technician protecting society's forest-based natural resources long-term. More about Eric

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    "I knew I would be surrounded by individuals who shared many of the same passions."— Carson Casey

    Carson Casey Natural resources major, student government, research on clean energy for Vermont legislature, study abroad in Tanzania, job in renewable energy education. More about Carson

  • environmental leaders

    "I wanted to become more fluent in the natural history of the region and gain the skills needed to get my students learning outside." — Ryan Morra

    Ryan MorraMaster's degree in natural resources, project in Puerto Rico, professional development programs in sustainability for educators. More about Ryan

The Rubenstein School offers exciting, hands-on environmental programs that integrate natural sciences and social perspectives. Our small, close-knit community challenges students to discover knowledge, skills, and values to become innovative, environmentally-responsible leaders. More about our School | More about studying the environment at UVM

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Tuesday October 13, 2015

By Phoebe G. Spencer, M.S.

Seminar: 8:00 am, Johnson House Conference Room
Defense: 9:00 am, Johnson House Conference Room

Jon Erickson, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Pablo Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CALS, Chair
Robert Manning, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR
Stephanie Seguino, Ph.D., Professor, CALS

Gender equity is an ancient and ongoing struggle, with numerous social constructs shaping unequal and often undesirable paths for men and women based on their sexual characteristics. Mainstream economics generally ignores equity, in particular gender differences, reinforcing social inequalities through its push for individualistic gain at the expense of other people, species, and the environment. Justice, while once a core component of economics, has been lost through the evolution of the field toward its current neoclassical paradigm. In this dissertation, the relationship between neoclassical economics and gender equality is explored in order to understand the reasons behind the disregard for justice perspectives, and what steps would be needed to reclaim an ethical grounding in the field of economics. This is first addressed through a discussion of economics’ relationship with justice compared with other social sciences through the adoption of feminist principles. Following this theoretical discussion is an investigation of the impacts of the macro-structure of national economies on gender equality using time-use data. Finally, gender equity in national and intergovernmental-led health initiatives will be assessed through a study of social and political influences on maternal health outcomes. This dissertation will provide policy recommendations for shifting toward a more just and sustainable economic paradigm.
The Jefferson Project at Lake George: Advancing our ecosystem knowledge of an oligotrophic lake through a coupled observatory and environmental modeling system.

Harry R. Kolar, Ph.D.
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY USA
IBM Distinguished Engineer concentrating on sensor-based solutions in IBM Research with a focus on environmental monitoring and management.

Billings North Lounge
Wednesday October 14, 2015
WHAT: Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and Burton will be joined by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), and the City of Burlington to bring citizens of the Queen City together to stand up for urgent action on climate change. The gathering is one of more than 100 events around the country as part of the People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action. Just one year since 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York at the People’s Climate March - and just 6 weeks before world leaders gather in Paris to forge a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - it’s more important than ever that people come together to act on climate. Participants will be encouraged to take action in support of a statewide Vermont carbon pollution tax. There will be a musical performance by Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band and free ice cream.

WHERE: 1 Church Street
(Top Block)
Burlington, VT 05401
Thursday October 15, 2015
Importance of agricultural systems as multifunctional landscapes

By Flavio Sutti

Seminar: 3:00 PM, Living/Learning B B132
Defense: 4:00 PM, Living/Learning B B132

Allan M. Strong, PhD, RSENR, Advisor
V. Ernesto Mendez, PhD, PSS, Chair
Therese Donovan, PhD, RSENR
Austin Troy, PhD, RSENR

Agricultural landscapes provide our society with many benefits. While food production is the primary role for these landscapes, sociocultural and ecological benefits are also provided. However, the full scope of benefits that we obtain from agricultural landscapes are not always taken into account, and with the intensification of agricultural activities, more complex multifunctional landscapes are converted into simpler and less-functional landscapes. I used a heterogeneous agricultural landscape, the Champlain Valley of Vermont, as a case study to examine the interactions between landscape structure and the provision of landscape functions and services. I analyzed sociocultural and production functions indices obtained via standardized landowner surveys, and ecological function indices collected in the field for 51 plots. I identified a tradeoff between the production and ecological function in agricultural landscapes. When a rural landscape was managed for intensive agricultural production, ecological benefits decreased. Landscapes with a diversified land use/land cover patchwork with heterogeneously distributed elements returned the greatest number of benefits. Agricultural areas that comprise between 30 and 45% of the landscape can prevent the loss of ecological benefits while retaining high production. I also explored the importance of small treed landscape elements for common breeding birds. More heterogeneous landscapes, rich in small treed elements, supported a greater density of nests. Nests located on small treed elements in agricultural landscapes were as successful as nests located in large landscape elements. These analyses deepen our knowledge about the relationship between landscape structure and function, facilitating the evaluation of the functionality of heterogeneous agricultural landscapes.

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