Community Engagement Specialist

Elissa is the Community Engagement Specialist for FEMC. She comes from a background of field ecology research and has transitioned into outreach and science communication. She uses her scientific understanding and background to connect academia, state, and local agencies, community stakeholders, and the general public to research findings and program outcomes.

Prior to working with FEMC, Elissa was staff in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources as research and communications coordinator for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, Northeastern States Research Cooperative, and Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center. At home in Burlington, Elissa is most often playing make-believe games with her two young children.

Elissa Schuett

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecology, field research, science communication, outreach, grant management


  • Certificate of Graduate Study: Environmental Public Health, University of Vermont
  • M.S. Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology, Frostburg State University
  • B.S. Biology, Bradley University


Office Location:

George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab, 705 Spear Street