Associate Professor

Cecilia Dank's research focuses on the intersection of community well-being and forest stewardship. Her work has addressed issues in community-based forestry, community-based forest enterprises, communities and carbon markets, forest certification, community-level socioeconomic monitoring, institutions for collaborative management, and the working forest. Cecilia is interested in institutional arrangements for community-based resource management, especially as they affect equity and sustainability in: climate change policies, community-based forestry, and forest carbon.

She advises graduate students in three Rubenstein School graduate concentrations: Environment, Society and Public Affairs (ESPA), Forest and Wildlife Sciences (FWS), and Environment, Thought and Culture (ETC). She seeks to fund and advise graduate research in the following areas:

  • Community-based Forestry: Institutions and Research Needs
  • Community Forestry and Carbon Markets
  • Community-based Wood Biomass Energy
  • Community Engagement in Town Forests
  • Institutional Issues in Forest Certification and Working Forests
  • Social Entrepreneurship in the Natural Resource Sector

Funding for graduate assistantships associated with these projects depends on the success of pending grant applications. Check with Cecilia for the current status of project funding.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Watershed Research and Training Center, Hayfork, CA
  • Extended Research Advisory Committee of Ford Foundation Community-Based Forestry Demonstration Program
  • Policy Working Group, National Network for Forest Practitioners
  • Policy Dialogue Group, Rural Voice for Conservation Coalition
  • Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council
  • Northeastern Regional Stewardship Contracting Team, U.S. Forest Service
Cecilia Danks

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Environmental Studies, Forestry
Research: Environmental policy, sustainable forestry, community forestry, climate change mitigation, forest carbon markets, woody biomass energy


  • Ph.D. 2000 Wildland Resource Science, University of California at Berkeley
  • M.S. 1991 Wildand Resource Science, University of California at Berkeley
  • B.A. 1983 magna cum laude, Highest Honors in Biology, coordinate major in Environmental Studies, Williams College, Massachusetts


  • 802 656-0175
Office Location:

205 Bittersweet Building

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 204 Forest, Community and Climate: Burning Issues
  • ENVS 295 Community-Based Conservation

Other Courses:

  • FOR 285 Sustainable Forest Certification
  • NR 002 Nature and Culture
  • NR 104 Social Processes and the Environment
  • NR 385 Comparative Policy Analysis: Community Forestry