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. (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


  • 802-363-1007
Office Location:

303G Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • ENSC 130 Global Environmental Assessment
  • NR 103 Ecology, Ecosystems, and Environment
  • ENVS 001: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving and Impact Assessment
  • ENVS 204: Forest, Community, and Climate: Burning Issues
  • NR 006: Race and Racism in Natural Resources
  • NR 095: Critical Reflection and Dialogue