Laura's research interests are in community management of natural resources and renewable energy. She has worked on community fisheries management in Fiji, Rhode Island and Kerala; community estuarine management in Oregon; and community forestry in northern New England. She is interested in how community management of natural resources and energy will shift as climate change accelerates. Laura has used mixed methods of research in her projects such as qualitative focus groups and interviews, surveys, and GIS and remote sensing analysis. The aim of all her work is that it be driven and co-owned by community experts.


  • Edling, L. and C. Danks. (2022). What came first, the pellet or boiler? Interacting leverage points within a sociotechnical system in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2022.102627
  • Edling, L., J. Duncan, A. Kosiba, and J. Pontius. (2019). Linking Forest Science to Policy: Improving a Forest Indicators Dashboard to inform policy and decision making across Vermont’s forested landscape. Final report to the University of Vermont James M. Jeffords Fund Grant Program for Policy Studies. https://doi.org/10.18125/l165vd
  • Edling, L. and C. Danks. (2021). Supporting Actors: The Role of State Policy and Private Programs in Advancing Renewable Heating Technology. Energy Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112266
  • Edling, L. and C. Danks. (2018). To adopt or not to adopt? That was our question: Insights on energy transitions from a study of advanced wood heating. Energy Research & Social Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.06.019
  • Thom, D., M. Golivets, L. Edling, G.W. Meigs, J.D. Gourevitch, L.J. Sonter, G.L. Galford, W.S. Keeton. (2019). Climate sensitivity of carbon, timber, and species richness covaries with forest age in boreal-temperate North America. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14656
Laura Edling

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional program: Natural Resources
Research: Transitions to renewable energy, woody biomass energy, community-based natural resource management, mixed methods research


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources, University of Vermont 2020
  • M.A., Environmental Studies, Brown University 2009
  • B.A. summa cum laude Religion and Political Studies, University of Vermont 2004


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  • o: 802-656-9088
Office Location:

303G Aiken Center, 81 Carrigan Dr.

Courses Taught

  • Global Environmental Assessment
  • Ecology, Ecosystems, and Environment
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Problem-Solving and Impact Assessment
  • Forest, Community, and Climate: Burning Issues
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Race and Culture in Natural Resources
  • Critical Reflection and Dialogue