Postdoctoral Associate

Nelson Grima is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He obtained his Ph.D. in Austria focusing on ecosystem services and on analyzing interactions between nature and society. In the last years, he has been working as a researcher doing field work in different regions of the world, mainly in Latin America.

Presently, at UVM, Nelson is engaged with ecosystem services work at different scales. At a local level, he works with human-nature interactions in the New England region through decision making related to wildlife and landscape management. At an international scale, he studies human-nature interactions including sustainability of natural resources use, landscape management, policy decision making, and ecological and socioeconomic transitions in post-conflict areas. Nelson is also involved in a project in the Colombian Andes aiming to better understand the role ecosystems have over livelihoods

Nelson Grimes

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecology, ecosystem services, multi-criteria decision making, natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, human-nature interactions


  • Ph.D. in Social-Ecology, Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Vienna (Austria)
  • M.Sc. in European Forestry, (double degree) University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu (Finland) / University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna (Austria)
  • M.Sc. in Forest Engineering, University of Lleida, Lleida (Spain)
  • B.Sc. in Forest Engineering, University of Lleida, Lleida (Spain)


Office Location:

Bittersweet House