Professor, Geography, Environmental Sciences

Beverley's research interests lie in understanding the dynamics of hydrologic and geomorphic processes in upland, forested watersheds. Past work involved studies of runoff production and erosion on forest roads, a ubiquitous feature of the landscape in most steep, forested regions. Current work continues this interest in examining the influence of land use practices on geophysical processes. She is particularly interested in using basic theoretical tools and simulation modeling, in conjunction with empirical field studies, to understand how management of the mountain landscape alters the processes of runoff generation and sediment production in steep, headwater catchments. Beverley advises graduate students in the Department of Geology and the Rubenstein School and has an active field-research program that also includes undergraduate students from Geography, Geology and Environmental Science.

Her teaching reflects interests in both physical geography and in geographic techniques. Course topics include: an introductory course in physical geography, a field-based course in watershed processes (hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology), a topics-based course in water resources management, a seminar class focusing on topics in human-environment interactions and a course in Geographic Information Systems. Beverley received her Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1998, worked as a post-doctoral researcher for the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, and joined the UVM faculty in 1999.

Rubenstein School Instructional Programs

Environmental Sciences

Beverley Wemple

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Water resources, geomorphology, GIS, spatial modeling, human-environment interactions, mountain environments


  • Ph.D., 1998. Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR Major: Forest Ecology; Minor: BioResource Engineering
  • M.S., 1994. Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR Major: Physical Geography; Minor: Geographic Techniques
  • B. A., cum laude, 1986. University of Richmond, Richmond, VA Major: Economics and German.


  • 802-656-2074
Office Location:

202 Old Mill Building