Senior Lecturer, Co-Director of Environmental Studies Program

As a practiced ecologist, educator, and mother of two girls, Amy Seidl writes with a lucid and passionate eye about the state of life itself in the Age of Warming. By drawing on her 20 year career studying ecology, evolution, and sustainability, Amy illuminates the historical significance, impacts, and opportunities that come with climate change in the 21st century.

A passionate speaker on contemporary environmental issues, Amy frequently keynotes and lectures on climate change, renewable energy, local food systems, and the emerging field of sustainability science. Her research in ecological systems and alternative energy makes her a sought-after lecturer on global warming and green design and she emphasizes the need to innovate and build new physical infrastructures that do not rely on fossil fuels.



  • Seidl, A. 2011. Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming (Beacon Press, Boston, MA).
  • Seidl, A. 2009. Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World. (Beacon Press, Boston, MA. Foreword by Bill McKibben).

Book Chapters

  • Seidl, A.L. et al. 2022. Come for the climate, stay for the community: Acting, emoting, and staying together through the climate crisis. In The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators, J. Ray and J. Atkinson eds. Forthcoming University of California Press.
  • Seidl, A. 2016. Foreword. Waterman, L. (ed.) in New Voices in Wilderness. University of New England Press, Lebanon, NH.
  • Seidl, A. 2015. “Resembling the cosmos: Evolution in the Age of Humans,” Minteer, B. (ed.) in After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

Journal Articles

  • Coleman, K., J. Murdoch, K. Walling, A. Seidl, and S. Rayback. 2017. Beyond polar bears: Service-learning as a tool to understand climate across disciplines. Journal of Geoscience Education v65 n2 p158-167.
Amy Seidl

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional program: Environmental Studies
Research: Sustainability science, ecology, evolution, climate change, environmental communication


  • 2001 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Vermont
  • 1994 M.S. Entomology, Colorado State University
  • 1988 B.A. Natural Science and Poetry, Hampshire College


  • 802 656-0907
Office Location:

Johnson House- Room 203, 617 Main St

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Sustainability Science
  • Landscape Restoration and Leadership
  • ENVS Senior Capstone (Internship Advisor)